Tottenham Hotspur have a drama-free summer before the EPL starts


Did Antonio Conte bring lpeace for Tottenham?
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It’s pretty clear that a team has a habit, even reputation or history, to go crazy when its name is used as the definition of it. “Spursinees” has been a buzzword since the start of the Premier League, which makes it clear what everyone thinks of Tottenham. No matter how well things appear on the surface, no matter what just happened, something will happen and it’s almost certainly their own doing. Nobody blows their own feet like the Spurs. This is the team that can lose in the Champions League places on the last day of the season when the whole team really defecate yourself. Or ruin the relationship with maybe most brilliant manager they ever had. Or failed to hire another great manager because he wanted too much money and power, searched and found another manager who wasn’t the right fit for the job, and had to go back to first person somehow. And all this in just the last few years!

However, ahead of the new Premier League season, all is silent in front of Spurs. There is no transfer drama around Harry Kane like this time last year. There is no uncertainty in the manager’s chair, however stable it will be when Antonio Conte sits in it. Expectations are high… unless they are all completely reasonable given where Spurs finished last year, what they’ve done this summer, and the relative circumstances of the clubs they may be up against for a Champions League spot.

Where once there was anxiety, trepidation, and disgust, there was only joy, contentment, and confidence. What’s going on here? We may need Conte to make mistakes so we can feel the axis again.

The serenity around Spurs stems from a fairly efficient and well-planned summer transfer business, as well as their scintillating finish in 4th place last season. It also helped that they closed hard on the outside to bite fellow North Londoners Arsenal on the wire. Nothing satisfies them like that. Spurs knew what they needed to add, did it quickly, and all was well enough before they even returned for pre-season training.

Depth up front was secured with Richarlison joining from Everton. While he may not start when Kane, Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski are healthy, Spurs will be playing plenty of games with Champions League commitments (especially this season as the entire group stage will be packed before the World Cup) and Richarlison could get into one of these. three attacking positions in Conte’s setup. He won’t be stale on the bench. They added more depth on the flanks with the free transfer of Ivan Perisic, Conte’s favorite from Inter who could become a winger or full-back depending on the day. The midfield was trimmed with the arrest of Yves Bissouma from Brighton, and while he’s a bit like Pierre-Emile Hǿjbjerg or Harry Winks, he has a hectic schedule.

Even the defense has been hit by the reclamation project of Clément Lenglet, whose representatives were pretty much ruined among the ruins of Barcelona, ​​but is still the player who got to the Nou Camp in the first place and is a regular. with the French squad. If anyone could make him realize his full potential, it would be Conte.

All this added to the team closed by developing. Spurs won eight of their last 11 games last season, including earning a draw at Anfield and clubbing both Arsenal and West Ham along the way. They didn’t lose to Liverpool or City last season, in fact, they beat the latter twice. After Conte adapted after some pretty tough turbulence following his introduction to Tottenham (nothing went completely smooth with him or Spurs), Spurs looked to be the third best team in the country, and finished just three points behind Chelsea. Considering how Spurs’ summer has passed and how Chelsea have gone, it’s no surprise that more than a few are wondering if Spurs won’t get past them this time around while still perhaps not breaking into the gated community of Liverpool and City. .

Richarlison’s signing leaves Spurs more evidence of Son and Kane’s injuries than ever before. Both are bound to lose time somewhere along the line, and usually, that means Tottenham’s goals are drying up. Richarlison is used to leading his own line with Everton and can certainly fill that gap if need be.

If there’s one point that looks a little short, it’s the creativity of the midfield. There are plenty of destroyers and forts out there without much inspiration, though there’s a lot more in Hǿjbjerg to mine if they want. But Conte’s side prefer to keep the midfield as a safety zone rather than an art museum, preferring to strike at high speed through full-backs and forwards, which Spurs certainly have more than enough. Maybe when they face a team who are happy to camp around their own box and just give Spurs the ball they might struggle, but that’s no guarantee.

Of course, this is Spurs, and this is Conte. When things go wrong for one of them, it tends to go awry with the rush right behind it. It’s hard to see where that can come from with this team. Chelsea still need a lot of help after losing this summer. Arsenal look pretty good, but are just as Spurs-y as Spurs of late and the improvement is nothing more than what Tottenham have been doing. Nobody knows what United will be like. Conte’s record in Europe is still very poor, but Spurs still don’t expect to win the Champions League this season. This is a team that completely bought what Conte was selling, and when that happens, trophies tend to follow (see: Juventus, Chelsea, Inter). It may not last long, given Conte’s tendency to get agitated fairly quickly, but for now, it seems all systems work. And even if he did, beloved former manager Mauricio Pochettino practically paced outside the Tottenham Hotspur stadium waiting to voluntarily take his place.

Spurs sailing ship smooth. Strange days indeed. The most unique, Ms.

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