Antonio Conte Insists the January transfer window is not enough to make Tottenham Hotspur top four contenders

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The manager of Tottenham Hotspur, Antonio Conte has insisted that the January transfer window is not enough to make the Premier League club top four contenders.

Tottenham Hotspur are currently sitting on the 7th spot on the league table with 30 points in 17 games. They have recorded 5 defeats, three draws, and 9 wins so far this season.

Tottenham have three games in hand which means that if they win the three games, they will break into the top four ahead of 4th placed Arsenal and 5th placed West Ham United.

Despite such an advantage, coach Antonio Conte who is a serial winner believes that the club needs new players and the recruitment the club might make in January might not be enough to take them into the top four.

Recall that when Antonio Conte took over from Portuguese coach, Nuno Espírito earlier this season, Spurs were not anywhere close to the top four. But the Italian coach has been able to motivate its players to be more consistent which has made them more competitive.

Despite how consistent the Premier League club has become in the league, Conte has always insisted that the club need to make new signings.

Contrary to expectation, Antonio Conte is yet to meet with the club executives to discuss the club’s possible signings in the January transfer window which opened today, January 1.

Antonio Conte on duty.
Coach Antonio Conte on duty.

Ahead of the club’s league game against Watford scheduled to kick off at 16:00 later tonight, Conte told reporters that he planned to meet with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and the club’s football managing director Fabio Paratici to discuss transfer plans.

But no matter the signings Tottenham might make in the January transfer window, they might not be enough to contend with Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United for a top-four finish according to coach Conte.

“If we think this, football is not this way and at this moment there are important teams who see those as important spots this season,” the Italian tactician said.

“As I said to you before, to get a place in the Champions League it means somebody has to fail and it must be a big failure for there to be a place free in the Champions League.

“Otherwise I think there are four big, big teams at this moment and then there are other teams trying to build with an important investment this year to close this gap.

“But it is not only one transfer market or if you invest money and you have a switch in this way. Football is complicated. It is not only money, you have to build something important over years.

“I am here to do this but I know it is going to be very difficult. Everybody keeps asking about getting into the Champions League but I want to be very honest with everybody and to tell them we have an important job to do and need time and patience.”

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