Antonio Conte’s great answer when Daniel Levy asked about his Champions League hopes

Antonio Conte told Daniel Levy that when he arrived in North London, Tottenham Hotspur had no chance of being in the top four in the Premier League.

Tottenham are on the cusp of advancing to the Champions League next season after a huge 10 days when the race for their fourth swing looked completely in their favor.

After beating the Gunners in a win over Burnley last weekend, Mikel Arteta’s team lost to Newcastle United last Monday, putting Tottenham in an advantage.

Ahead of their final game of the season, Conte’s team will only need to match Everton’s and Arsenal’s results against the already relegated Norwich City.

As Conte revealed in a post-match press conference, it was a situation he thought was clearly not going to be resolved. He revealed that when Daniel Levy took over, he would have thought he was jokingly asking for Champions League football again.

Conte took over control of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in early November after Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked after a few months of taking on the role.

The Portuguese manager was not the club’s first choice to succeed Mourinho, and Conte had previously turned them down.

Espirito Santo’s poor performance pushed the club completely out of the top 4, especially their 2-0 loss to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United before being sacked.

At the time, it felt like the losing team was trying to remove the manager and bring Conte in, and the Italians went north of London.

Nuno left the pitch after losing to Manchester United. Image: PA Image

Tottenham’s pursuit of a top-four spot certainly helped the fact that United lost all their form later in the season.

Likewise, West Ham United’s battle for the Europa League championship saw David Moyes’ team lose in a Champions League soccer match while working with a small team.

But the biggest factor is, there is no doubt that Arsenal will be down in recent weeks, aside from Tottenham’s good form under Conte.


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