Antonio Conte is starting to come under pressure after Tottenham’s home defeat to Aston Villa on New Year’s Day so we wondered just how he’s fared in comparison to his rivals since arriving at the club.
Having rejected the Spurs job in the summer of 2021, Conte eventually arrived in November after the sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo.
Spurs were ninth in the league at the time, but Conte turned things around, leading Tottenham to a fourth-place finish and Champions League qualification.
The Italian then managed to convince Daniel Levy to back him with significant funds in the transfer window, stirring hopes that they can perform even better this season.
Rodrigo Bentancur and Dujan Kulusevski arrived during the January window and were crucial in securing a place at European football’s top table.
And in the summer, Conte added Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Clement Lenglet, Djed Spence, Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster to the ranks.
Former Spurs ‘keeper Brad Friedel even predicted that Tottenham could win the Premier League this season. In an interview with Boyle Sports, Friedel said: “Under Antonio Conte, you’d be foolish to rule out Tottenham for the title.
“He’s been at the club a while now and spent some quality time with his players so they could be a dark horse. He doesn’t settle for second best…
“Arsenal and Manchester United have both improved. However, you can’t take Tottenham out of the question when you have a winner like Conte.
“When a club has a manager like Antonio Conte and players that are used to winning they can do special things in a season.
“Tottenham definitely have an outside chance of winning the Premier League, for sure.”
But it’s not turned out that way; Spurs have regularly been beaten by the league’s top clubs and have a habit of starting games extremely slowly no matter who they’re up against.
After the 2-0 reverse against Villa on New Year’s Day, Conte said: “I was very clear with the club and in the summer people spoke about Tottenham as title contenders,” Conte explained. “From my experience it was a bit crazy to read this but you have to accept this.
“To become title contenders you need a solid foundation, 14-15 strong quality players and the young players to develop and every season you can add two players, but two players to invest £60m, £70m players to improve the level of your team.
“People think that you arrive and you win in this way. If people are not used to this you need to create this situation, you need time and patience.”
We’ve taken a look at how the Premier League table would look if it began when Conte was appointed by Tottenham.
Note: all teams have played 47 league games unless specified and only those who have been in the league in both the 2021-22 and 2022-23 campaigns are included.
1. Manchester City – 112 points (46 games)
2. Arsenal – 99 points (46 games)
3. Liverpool – 98 points (46 games)
4. Tottenham – 89 points
5. Newcastle United – 83 points
6. Chelsea – 79 points (46 games) (GD: +21)
7. Manchester United – 79 points (46 games) (GD: +6)
8. Brighton – 65 points (46 games)
9. Brentford – 63 points
10. Aston Villa – 60 points
11. Crystal Palace – 58 points (46 games)
12. Leicester City – 55 points
13. Wolves – 52 points
14. West Ham – 51 points
15. Leeds – 45 points
16. Southampton – 44 points
17. Everton – 40 points
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