Antonio Conte has claimed his players believe the club are potentially on the verge of doing something special, but admitted it will take time for Tottenham to reach the level they want to be.
Spurs have been proactive in the transfer market so far, making six new additions this summer – Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison, Clement Lenglet and Djed Spence.
The north London club abandoned their historic approach of selling unwanted players before making new signings, and instead ironed out most of the squad’s weaknesses well before the start of the campaign.
There is now apparently a lot of competition for places at Spurs, and Conte admitted that the squad’s numerical reinforcement was key to being able to compete on four fronts.
Some pundits have suggested Tottenham could challenge the dominance of Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League (talkSPORT), and the Spurs boss admitted he was aiming high ahead of his first full campaign in charge in north London.
Asked about Tottenham’s goals for the coming season, Conte told Football.London: “Comparing to last season, I think we have improved the team numerically and I think we have worked with the club to improve the quality as well as this digital aspect.
“When you have to play four competitions, like the Premier League, the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup and especially the Champions League, you have to have a big team and honestly last season I think we achieved a great achievement with 12 , 13 players.
“I think we tried to do our best, that’s for sure and that’s the start.
“You can build a big building in a year, but I think last season we laid a good foundation and now this summer we’ve tried to build the first and second floors, but we know we need of a little time.
“At the same time, we have ambition and the players work very hard because they believe in what we are doing. They feel that we are building something important with the club.
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Conte understandably plays down talk of a potential title challenge as he doesn’t want to put pressure on himself or the players. However, in private, the Italian will tell the team they can challenge Man City and Liverpool.
A third-place finish and winning a trophy this season will represent big progress for Tottenham and could potentially lay the groundwork for a sustained title bid in the 2023/24 season.
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