Antonio Conte knows Tottenham are still a long way from a title challenge

Antonio Conte believes Tottenham are heading in the right direction after a busy summer transfer window, but has warned he can’t focus on closing the gap to Manchester City and Liverpool just yet.

The Purs signed six major contracts after a strong finish last season in which they beat rivals Arsenal to finish in fourth place and qualify for the Champions League.

Tottenham launched a new campaign at home to Southampton on Saturday, but the Italian tried to play down talk that they could take on Premier League champions City and Liverpool, who have had respective managers Pep Guardiola for over six years. and Jurgen Klopp. .

“I think we are heading in the right direction, but you know full well that you need a little patience,” Conte said.

“We know it’s hard to fight for a win in England but we want to try to be competitive, try to improve from last season and that’s our goal. If you ask me about City or Liverpool, I will say that we are talking about the two best clubs in the world who have been working with the same managers for seven years.

“Now they, in my opinion, are in such a position that it is very difficult for others to close the gap, but we must do it. Also, because (to catch) City and Liverpool you have to spend £100m on six players, they go and spend £100m on one or two players and that’s the difference.

“You have to run behind and they stay ahead of you, but you know very well that they deserve to stay there because they are working very well to have the same manager and support the manager, Klopp, Guardiola and (Thomas) Tuchel, and they deserve it.

“To be a strong team, you need stability and vision. The idea must be very clear, and then you will see how you go step by step and try to close this gap.”


Ivan Perisic moved to Tottenham Hotspur this summer (Steve Welsh/Pennsylvania)

Upon taking over at Tottenham in November, Conte experienced a series of ups and downs during his first few months in charge.

The 53-year-old was able to lead the Spurs to the top four but demanded that his ambition be the same at the end of the campaign.

Ivan Perisic, Frazier Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and Jed Spence have been permanently signed in response, with defender Clement Lenglet on loan from Barcelona.

But Conte doesn’t get ahead of himself when it comes to competing against City and Liverpool, adding: “Our goal at the moment is not to close the gap.

We know it’s hard to win in England but we want to try to be competitive, try to improve on last season and that’s our goal.Antonio Conte

“This is an attempt to be better than last season. We know we finished fourth last season and I think that was a big, big achievement, especially since we ended the season with just 13 players.

“The first goal, our goal, the goal of the club was to try to improve the squad qualitatively and numerically, because with the numerical aspect of the squad it was not enough. This was our first goal.

“Then you know very well that you cannot achieve the best, the optimum, in just one year or only after seven months. You know you need a little patience, but at the same time it’s important to have the ambition to try to be competitive, to try to fight for the best.

“Ambition must be the best. Then the reality may be different, but our ambition, because this type of ambition can push me, push my players, the club, without arrogance or arrogance, I repeat, but these ambitions should push us to give our 120 percent every day. our lives in our work.”

The Spurs will be without Oliver Skipp (heel) on Saturday and need to check out new signer Bissum due to a minor hamstring problem. Fellow Summer Supplement Richarlison has been temporarily suspended.