Conte’s tactics: Outdated or simply not a good fit?
With countless trophies on his CV, Conte will always defend his style of football, which, featuring three central defenders or five at the back, worked for Tottenham for a few months.
At the back end of last season, Spurs were defending as a unit but also creating chances. Many were expecting this season to be an extension of that, but for whatever reason, it just hasn’t transpired that way.
One possible reason could be that Conte’s tactics have been ‘found out’ by teams in the Premier League. If that is true, many will ask why he hasn’t made adjustments or tried playing a system with four at the back.
Conte’s inability to adjust could be a reason for Spurs’ regression. Conte sticks to his system and tries to affix players into it, whereas other managers focus on playing to the personnel’s strengths.
The Italian is a world-class manager, just as Jose Mourinho is, but the Special One also found it difficult to succeed at Tottenham.
It could very well be that those two managers’ philosophies don’t fit with the club, making their appointments even more perplexing.
Maybe it’s time we stop scapegoating the manager and continue to heap the pressure on the ownership group, who continually fail Tottenham faithful.
Mourinho and Conte both won silverware at basically every club before joining Spurs. A stark contrast from their unsuccessful time at Tottenham.