Antonio Conte previews Man Utd trip
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Tottenham boss Antonio Conte will face the same criticism Jose Mourinho got as soon as results start to go awry, claims ex-Spurs manager Tim Sherwood. Conte’s side are level on points with second-placed Manchester City in the Premier League table but Sherwood has warned it won’t always be plain-sailing.
Tottenham have lost just once in the league so far this term. They are also well placed to progress from their Champions League group.
City are still favourites for the title, while north London rivals Arsenal are four points clear at the top. Sherwood does not think his old side should be forgotten about in the title race.
He says criticism of Conte’s style means nothing at the moment. Sherwood told talkSPORT: “I still wouldn’t rule out Tottenham. I think you’ve got a manager there who, course and distance, knows how to get there.
“Criticised at the moment for the style of play but if I’m Antonio Conte, I’m not listening to that because it’s not his fault. It used to be at Tottenham, it used to be a criteria, you have to play a certain way.
“No one’s questioning Antonio Conte at that football club, let me tell you. He’s out of contract at the end of this season and they want him to stay, all the fans want him to stay.”
However, Sherwood does understand the views of some fans and onlookers who have criticised Conte’s style. And he reckons a downturn in results could lead to the Italian’s reign going in the same way as Mourinho’s.
Sherwood added: “I agree with some of the criticism, I really do, but it can only come into effect if they stop winning games. At the moment, if you’re a manager, if you win, everything’s good, everything’s right.
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“If you don’t win the games, then they start questioning your performances. A bit like when Jose was there, they were top of the league under Jose Mourinho and everyone was happy, it was all about ‘we haven’t won since 2008’.
“As soon as the results started to go a little bit wonky, then they started to criticise the way he was playing. The same will happen with Antonio Conte but hopefully this guy looks like he’s got a real hunger and desire still in his belly.
“He’s proven, everywhere he’s been, he’s won.”
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