The Spurs manager should use this offseason opportunity to better his squad and the club’s future.
This month, Fabio Paratici, Tottenham’s Managing Director of Football, and Head Coach Antonio Conte were seen on the fields at Hotspur Way.
The phrase “exploit” is one of Antonio Conte’s favourites, and he should use it to his advantage now that Tottenham Hotspur is on a season-long hiatus.
Despite the fact that Spurs’ six-week break has come after a hectic schedule of 13 matches in 43 days, the Italian is always looking to “exploit” any unexpected situation, positive or negative, in order to get the most out of his team before their next Premier League match, which will be played away at Brentford on Boxing Day.
Here are five areas we think Conte will prioritise in the coming weeks as he tries to put Tottenham in the best possible position for the second half of the season.
After taking a little over two weeks off for a midseason break, players and staff who are not participating in the World Cup will be back on the training grounds at Hotspur Way on Monday, November 28.
Spurs’ head coach Mauricio Pochettino values family time with his wife Elisabetta and daughter Vittoria as much as any of his players, so he returned to Italy following their victory against Leeds to spend some quality time at home. After missing his daughter Vittoria’s 15th birthday party last week owing to Tottenham’s busy schedule, Conte knew he had to make up for missed family time.
Conte’s assistant coach Cristian Stellini took over three of his news appearances in recent weeks, indicating that he was attempting to lighten his workload at what must have been a stressful time.
Spurs will gain greatly from a refreshed Antonio Conte, and the team’s current hiatus could not have come at a better moment for the manager to take stock of his squad away from the flurry of games, mull over options, and return to action with a clear head.
Discuss your right wing-back options with Djed Spence
When his right wing-backs return at the end of the month, Conte will have the chance to practise with all three of them at Hotspur Way.
As the most inexperienced of the three, Djed Spence stands to gain the most from this shortened preseason since he will have the most time to work with Conte and the coaches to figure out precisely what it is they want from him. The England U21 international will have the opportunity to prove that he is absorbing his coaching in a series of behind-closed-doors friendly matches that Spurs are planning to play.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will have all the time he needs to make a decision on the future of the right wing-back position over this stretch with all three players. Even if Conte has said many times that Spence is a player for the future, he must now determine whether that future will begin in the second half of the season or whether a loan transfer is necessary for the rest of the campaign.
In the latter case, Conte would be forced to rely on the same two right wing-backs he was not counting on having to begin the season. For that reason, the Italian may lobby for a new right wing-back to be brought in during the next January transfer window.
Gather Paratici and Levy for a chat.
Conte enjoys a high-stakes meeting with Spurs’ management. While he is in constant contact with the club’s MD of football Fabio Paratici and chairman Daniel Levy during the season, there are times when a face-to-face meeting is necessary to lay out your agenda.
The same was supposed to happen towards the conclusion of the previous season, but after qualifying for the Champions League, everything was settled and all Conte had to do was meet with Paratici in Italy to discuss potential prospects.
If and when Conte goes to Hotspur Way for another encounter, all three men will almost certainly play a role in it.
“Truly, we haven’t spoken up until this point, but after the first half of the season, it’s proper to have a meeting with the club and then address the positives, the drawbacks, and how we can improve. If it fails, we’ll have to assess the situation. Whether or whether we talk will be determined by the club’s resources and aspirations, but be assured, we will “Says Conte last week.
“You know, injuries and having to play every three days, I believe we battled a lot, but we’ll talk to have a good appraisal of this first half of the season where I’ve seen a lot of nice things. We need to work on being better in the future so that we’re better prepared to deal with challenges like this. In my view, this is the best approach. In such case, we are fully aware that we need to consult with the club in order to make the best choice.”
As the Spurs manager said on football.london: “There is just one goal in mind whenever we have a talk, and that is to attempt to better the club in every manner possible. On and around the playing field. Then, in every circumstance, arrive at the optimal answer.
“I believe that up to this point, improvement has been our exclusive focus. As you know, it’s not simple to become better and figure out how to get this club to the point where it can compete. Competition is tough since everyone is always striving to do better while at the same time others are making strides ahead. As well as, or perhaps better than, us, depending on the circumstances and opportunities available to them.
“Therefore, it will be crucial to communicate, to have a decent dialogue, and to figure out whether we’re happy with the job we’re doing after the first year of this season. After that, we need to have a firm grasp on what is really within our reach and what the club’s reasonable goals are, since the truth is, in my opinion, crucial. The club and I both need to know the truth, because once you have that, you can begin to formulate a strategy for moving forward.”
If Spurs wish to progress in the second half of the season, Conte will outline his requirements for the January transfer window and will be informed what is achievable. Paratici’s right-hand men in terms of recruitment are chief scout Leonardo Gabbanini and Paratici’s long-time colleague and former Juventus first team scouting manager Lorenzo Giani, who is based in Italy. They will have input on the potential players available to improve Tottenham in a variety of positions across the team, most notably central defence and an attacking midfielder, and react to any offers that come in for current players.
While Spurs have the option to extend Conte’s contract for another year, a new agreement might be on the table if the Italian is prepared to commit before the conclusion of the season.
Yves Bissouma, another free agent signing, may need some guidance from Conte. Despite being one of the top central midfielders in the Premier League in recent seasons, the Mali international has only showed flashes of his true potential during his first few months with Tottenham.
Early in the season, Conte made it clear that Bissouma was struggling to meet his tactical requirements and that he needed to step up his defensive play.
Even while the 26-year-old showed glimpses of his potential in games against Leicester and Liverpool, he is still a long way from being as good as he was at Brighton. Under Conte, he has been asked to play in a deeper position than he is used to, sometimes forcing the more accustomed anchorman Oliver Skipp into an offensive role.
With the holiday, Conte and Bissouma will have more time to continue developing into the Premier League star they’re capable of becoming.
Get the World Cup players back together and ready for Brentford in the last week.
If there is any silver lining to Tottenham’s disappointing Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Nottingham Forest, it’s that Conte will have a full week to prepare his team for the Premier League’s return at Brentford.
That’s a far cry from the hectic schedule of late, which didn’t allow the Italian much time to focus on coaching his team.
“We were never stable during the course of this most recent time period. Playing 13 games in 43 days was a lot for any team to handle, in my opinion, since it left little time for clubs to hone their tactics on the training field “Upon hearing of the victory against Leeds, Conte spoke to football.london. “We’ll give you a day to rest and then go back into the game the following day. If you don’t focus on the tactical side of things, you’re going to fall short, and that’s exactly what happened to us.”
If any Spurs players make it to the World Cup final on December 18, they will return at various times following the tournament. Even if some of the returning players require a few days off to minimise weariness, Conte will have plenty of time on the training grounds to get ready for the holiday matchup.
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