“If [Spurs] don’t win the title, it’s not a tragedy.”
“If they don’t arrive in the Champions League, it’s not a tragedy. If they go out in the first round of the Champions League, it’s not a tragedy. If they go out after the first game that they play in the Europa League, it’s not a tragedy.
“Maybe for Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and – I don’t know – Liverpool, it is a tragedy. You must understand the status of the team.
“Every team has to understand what their ambitions are. If their ambitions are to fight for the title or win the Champions League, you must buy expensive players.
Otherwise you continue to stay in your level. It’s simple.”
“My question is this: What are Tottenham’s expectations?”
Here, this is coming from Chelsea’s gaffer Antonio Conte, the English Premier League’s best manager of last season.
He takes a swipe at Tottenham Hotspurs, who rivalled his team, champions Chelsea – for the title – till the end of the season.
After finishing second in the Premier League last season, Spurs are yet to add to their squad in this summer rather their only transfer activity is letting a key player like right-back Kyle Walker leave for another rival, Man City, at a cost of almost GBP50m.
Recall they also faltered in the Champions League group stages, and again in the Europa League last 32.
Meanwhile, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, this week before Conte’s comment, defended his lack of signings and railed against “unsustainable” spending.
“We have a duty to manage the club appropriately,” he said.
Conte questions Tottenham’s ambition, suggesting they have lower expectations than their Premier League title rivals.
OPINION/VERDICT: Oga Conte, in as much as you making a whole lot of sense here, you don’t have to voice it out, stress it out as you did. I would rather you mind your own business. With this, you could be seen as adding yourself – so loved and highly revered for your tactical acumen/brilliance, respect for opponents, reserved and gentlemanly nature – to the list of noisy, foul-mouthed EPL coaches such as one of your predecessors Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, etc.
You don’t have to drink paracetamol for another man’s headache, as we often say in local parlance here in ma country. Lol! 🙂