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Journalist picks out the ‘real difference’ with Tottenham heralded for their most important addition

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte with Richarlison

An Italian source has taken aim at Juventus for failing to re-appoint Tottenham boss Antonio Conte, and had strong words to say regarding the ‘real difference’ between Serie A and the other top leagues.

For the first time since the Mauricio Pochettino era, Tottenham look a club fully in sync. Their players have a clear identity in the way they play and chairman Daniel Levy has lossened the purse strings in the last two windows.

The common denominator there is Antonio Conte. The Italian’s arrival in north London was greeted with raised eyebrows in some quarters at the time.

Conte came with a reputation as a serial trophy winner. Indeed, he’d lifted league titles at each of his three previous clubs (Inter Milan, Chelsea and Juventus).

However, Spurs haven’t won major silverware since securing the League Cup in 2008. It is not unfair to state Tottenham had more to gain from appointing Conte than Conte had from accepting their offer.

Regardless, in less than 12 months at the helm, Conte has rejuvenated the club with Spurs now running like a well-oiled machine.

Conte has convinced Levy to splash the cash on the likes of Rodrigo Bentancur, Dejan Kulusevski, Yves Bissouma and Richarlison. The first two are already regular starters, while the latter pair are quickly finding their feet at the higher level.

Conte is masterminding Tottenham’s charge up the table and that has not gone unnoticed back in his homeland.

Conte missed back in Italy

When speaking on TuttoMercatoWeb Radio, Italian columnist and journalist, Massimo Brambati offered a scathing assessment of the top Serie A clubs for not appointing Conte while he was available.

The former centre-back also highlighted the aggression Conte instils in his players as the “real difference” between the big teams in Italy and their European counterparts.

Brambati said (via TuttoJuve24): “[Juventus manager] Allegri uses a method that is too old, like Inzaghi at Inter, giving little importance to aggression.

“This is the real difference from European football, where they massacre us.

“As I have always said, the best name to think of a reconstruction was that of Conte.

“Just look at how his Tottenham is running at a thousand miles per hour.”

How high can Conte take Tottenham?

With the addition of Erling Haaland, few would bet against Man City continuing to dominate the Premier League for the foreseeable future.

Fans of rival clubs may find a crumb of comfort in the fact Pep Guardiola is in the last year of his contract. However, the Manchester Evening News reported he is expected to pen an extension when the time is right.

Regardless, the Premier League isn’t the be-all and end-all, and Tottenham may well end their trophy drought in the domestic cups.

Conte can now call upon a deep squad that is brimming with quality. Spurs should have little trouble navigating the lesser opponents they’re more likely to draw in the early rounds, while their best eleven is a match for any side on their day.

Conte will also be hopeful of making a dent in the Champions League this year and beyond. Remarkably, he has never lifted that trophy as a manager despite successful spells at Inter, Juve and Chelsea.

The knockout nature of the UCL may present a better chance of silverware than matching Man City over 38 matches in the Premier League will, for example.

After their near miss in 2019, Tottenham fans will certainly be hoping so.