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Conte arrival has raised expectations at Spurs

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Antonio Conte takes over with Spurs ninth in the Premier League on 15 points after 10 games, 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.PHOTO: REUTERS

 Tottenham Hotspur’s players have a great opportunity to work under new manager Antonio Conte but the Italian’s arrival means expectations have been raised even higher at the club, captain Hugo Lloris said.

Conte, who has previously managed Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan, as well as the Italy national team, was appointed to replace Nuno Espirito Santo after the Portuguese was fired after 17 matches in charge.

“He is very ambitious and believes in all the players in the dressing room,” Lloris said on Wednesday (Nov 3). “It is a great opportunity to work under one of the greatest managers of the last few years.”

Conte takes over with Spurs ninth in the Premier League on 15 points after 10 games, 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.

“Now is not the time for words. It is time to work,” said Lloris. “It is time to believe again in ourselves, our team and in our club… Tottenham, with Antonio Conte, there will be even more expectations.

“But again, it does not matter what people say outside. The most important is what is going on inside the changing room, inside the building. There is ambition in the club. We also want to respond to the expectations of the fans. That is important.”

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Conte’s first game in charge will be Thursday’s home match against Dutch club Vitesse in the Europa Conference League.

-Reuters

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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