Tottenham boss Antonio Conte names four teams hes not scared of in lofty ambitions

Conte reflects on first two weeks as Tottenham manager

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Antonio Conte believes Tottenham Hotspur must hope one of four leading Premier League clubs will have to make mistakes if he is to guide his side into the Champions League this season. But Conte has insisted he’s not scared of the challenge to bridge the gap.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are currently joined by West Ham United in the Premier League’s top four.

However, given their undeniable stature and recent spending, Conte could well be referring to Manchester United as the fourth club in question.

On Sunday, the Italian boss earned his first Premier League win as Tottenham manager, coming back from a goal down to beat Leeds United 2-1.

It ended a run of four league outings without a win for Spurs, and fans will hope it’s the start of a push to join the three title favourites in the Champions League places.

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After full-time, Conte told reporters that Spurs would likely have to rely on one of four Premier League clubs slipping up to rejoin Europe’s elite this season.

However, he isn’t “scared” of the task at hand after securing his first three points as boss.

He said: “Now, to speak, to think, for sure we want to fight, we want to try to improve the position in the table.

“I think – and I must be honest – in England, the league is very, very difficult. Every game is very tough. You can lose points [against] all the teams.

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“At the moment, there are four [standout] teams because they are working with the same coaches [and] because they invested a lot of money. At this moment, there are four teams, and there is a gap.

“But I’m not scared about this. I trust in my players. I trust in this squad. We want to fight. We want to fight to try to stay close to the positions and fight for Champions League.

“Then if there’s one team that slips up this season or makes mistakes, we must be there to try to do our best. I repeat: I don’t want to tell, ‘ok but if we finish in this position it’s good’.

“We need to improve. The club called me to improve the situation for the present but also for the future. Now I’m happy.

“I like to work with Tottenham because I know that here I can work in the way that I like. I’m sure we can improve a lot and fight to be competitive in every competition.

“Tottenham in my idea has to fight and be competitive in every competition this season.”

As it stands, the Red Devils are looking the most likely of the four clubs Conte was potentially thinking of to miss out on Champions League qualification.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s exit has left the club managerless for the time being, with an interim expected to take charge until the end of the season.

And with fourth currently up for grabs due to their disappointing start to the campaign, Conte will be licking his lips to capitalise.

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