Antonio Conte claimed he wanted a ‘stable’ Tottenham, but his first match in charge saw him oversee a rollercoaster win over Vitesse … if the new Spurs boss wasn’t sure of the task he faces, he certainly won’t be. now.
- Antonio Conte’s first game as Tottenham manager saw his team defeat Vitesse 3-2
- The Spurs flew out of the blocks to rush to a 3-0 lead, but almost dropped it.
- Sportsmail analyzes how Conte handled his first game in charge of the Spurs
Antonio Conte is back. The Italian was greeted like a hero by Tottenham Hotspur supporters, who announced his appointment as the arrival of the messiah.
Sportsmail kept a close eye on the former Chelsea manager on his return to London on Thursday night when his new team beat Vitesse Arnhem 3-2 in the Europa Conference League in a crazy match.
Antonio Conte won his first match in charge of Tottenham Hotspur over Vitesse Arnhem
Stay out of their big night. It may have been “just” the Conference League, but this was a strong Tottenham team.
Harry Kane, Heung-min Son et al. It seemed to pay off when Tottenham took a 3-0 lead. But then Tottenham turned a little, well, Spursy.
It remains to be seen what changes, if any, Conte makes for his first Premier League game in charge at Everton on Sunday. But after conceding two careless goals in the first half, the defenders have work to do to win over their new boss.
The Spurs built a 3-0 lead in the first 30 minutes, but soon fell back in the first half.
Conte chose what he knows: three on the back. And you couldn’t escape the irony of all this. Nuno Espirito Santo, for whatever reason, decided not to implement the same system during his short reign at Tottenham, despite being so successful with him at Wolves.
If he did, he might have been on the bench in the house. And for the first 30 minutes, Tottenham adopted the new look of the 3-4-3 formation like a duck overboard. However, the way Vitesse made his way through the game will provide Conte with an early problem to solve.
Conte, however, was forced to switch to four back after Cristian Romero was sent off in the second half. It is not the best way to shock your new manager.
Conte watches Cristian Romero leave the field after being sent off in the second half
Immaculately dressed in a black suit that fitted him perfectly, Conte spent most of the game standing thoughtfully, arms crossed, in his technical area. He had a lot to think about, of course, after the chaotic first 45 minutes. “Yeah, yeah,” he roared before high-fiving his back room team as Lucas Moura scored Tottenham’s second goal before quickly regaining his composure.
The lively Conte we got used to in Chelsea remained locked in. Tottenham fans have all of that to look forward to, especially if they give away more goals like they did.
Conte looked thoughtful as he saw his players in action for the first time on Thursday.
In his first interview with Tottenham’s in-house media team, Conte said he wanted the team to “stabilize, not go up and down.” This was anything but.
If Conte wasn’t sure of the task ahead of him, he certainly won’t be after this. But it would be a fool to bet against Conte finding all the answers.