Antonio Conte takes over a Tottenham Hotspur side looking disjointed and disheartened and faces a tough task to try and restore them to a team capable of challenging at the top of the table.
Spurs are ninth in the table and have lost five of their last seven league games since opening the campaign with three straight victories.
No-one is expecting an immediate resurgence in North London and Conte has already told us that managing a side without title expectations is easy, when making a remarkable claim about Burnley.
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Back in 2018 when Conte was in charge of champions Chelsea the Italian suggested it was easier to manage a side such as the Clarets, where there is no pressure to win trophies, rather than the Blues where he had assembled a multi million pound squad full of expensive signings.
“I think he (Dyche) is doing an important job. He is doing a great job this season. But if you start the season trying to fight to avoid the relegation zone it is more simple,” said the then Chelsea chief.
“It is more simple also if you have a small budget because you can count on a team that in the past you qualify to play again in the league.
“It is more simple because you have to avoid the last three places at the bottom and then you can stay between 10 teams. You can play only for this target.
“And then, I repeat, if you have a good base and in the previous season you played very well, you can count on this basis.
“It is difficult if you have to play to win because only one team wins and if the other doesn’t win you are the first to speak about a failed season.
“If you don’t win the FA Cup, the League, the Carabao Cup, it is a failure season and for this reason it is more difficult to play for this target.
“It is more difficult when you have to prepare the transfer market to win something because only one team wins. The others must see the other team win.”
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