04 Aug 2022 | 19:44 | Football
Antonio Conte has set high expectations for his first season as Tottenham manager when he announced his ambition to win both the Premier League and the Champions League.
Earlier, the Italian player described the achievement of bringing Spurs into the top four last season as a “miracle”.
But after a summer of heavy investment with the likes of Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Djed Spence, Ivan Perisic, Clement Lenglet and Fraser Forster, Conte is aiming much higher this season.
“Why not the Premier League and the Champions League?” Conte said with a smile ahead of his first game of the season at home against Southampton on Saturday.
“My goal and the club’s goal is to improve. That’s the process we started seven months ago. If you get a Champions League spot it doesn’t mean you’ve achieved your goal.”
Conte has won the league in his last three club spells at Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan.
However, he also had a reputation for not knowing how to plant trees. His short breaks at all three clubs ended happily.
That scenario appears to be playing out again when Conte threatened to leave Tottenham just months after taking charge in defeats in four of five league games in January and February.
But the 53-year-old insists he is committed to building a legacy at Spurs.
“I said I wanted to build something important with this club because I love to win,” he added.
“My experience tells me we’re on the right track.
“At the same time, I know the club needs one more step to be able to compete with the top teams in Europe.
“For this reason we must not be conceited or arrogant. We have to work, work, work to improve on the pitch and off the pitch to become a top club.”