Cristian Stellini insists Antonio Conte is “happy” at Tottenham Hotspur and believes the Italian’s proposals for a short-term manager are “unfair”.
Tottenham Hotspur assistant coach Cristian Stellini insists that Antonio Conte he is “happy” at the club and believes the Italian’s proposals as a short-term manager are “unfair”.
Conte, who has been in charge of Spurs for just over a year, faces an uncertain future in north London as his contract expires at the end of the season.
However, a recent report claims that the 53-year-old has opened talks with Tottenham to extend his stay at the club.
Conte has never managed for more than three years at the same club, with his time at the helm Juventus between 2011 and 2014 the longest of his managerial career.
In fact, the Italian’s three previous managerial stints with Inter Milan, Chelsea and the Italian national team saw him stay for no more than two years.
Despite speculation over his long-term future, Stellini, who was also Conte’s assistant at Juve, believes the Spurs boss should not be described as a short-term manager, telling reporters: ” It is an unfair suggestion. It is pushed to such a high level in his work.
“He is very passionate. In every club he takes the club in a position and every time he raises the level. Now we are working well. The team is increasing, all the players are improving and we are happy. There is no problem. We are happy d ‘be here and we feel good’.
Stellini has also played down suggestions that Conte has taken on a different challenge at Spurs compared to Chelsea, Juventus and Italy, who already had the foundations to adapt to his philosophy.
As quoted by football.london, Stellini said: “What you said is not true, because Antonio has managed winning clubs in the past, but they haven’t won for a long time, so it’s different.
“It’s not like that, but when the relationship ends, that club, all those clubs, can win again because if you change your mindset, if you start working to win something, then you change something in your mind and in all the from the club..
“It’s a good situation to start winning, so when it stops, this type of club keeps winning. It’s different, it’s not like I’ve worked in clubs that win every season and we’re doing well here. We need time, patience. , we have to work to stay in this type of process and keep working. Then we’ll see what happens, but every game we work to win.”
Conte has seen his side suffer back-to-back defeats in three days, with a 2-1 home defeat against Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday followed by a 2-0 away defeat. Nottingham Forest in the third round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday night.
Conte asked Spurs fans to give his team “time and patience” after the defeat against Liverpool, and has since suggested that fatigue was a factor in their defeat against Forest.
“I think maybe tonight the energy was very poor for us. Don’t forget it was the 12th game in a very short period,” Conte told reporters after the game at the City Ground. “In our minds and in our hearts we have come with the desire to overcome the opposition and that is why if you ask me if there is something wrong with my players I will say no, because all I have to do is thank the my players
“They are very tired. I tried to manage the situation, for example in the middle of the field with [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg in the first half and [Rodrigo] Bentancur in the second half because he was very tired with the risk of injury.
“Same with Harry Kane and with Harry, until this morning we waited to see if he could start or not, but in this situation he was the only striker for us. For this reason I can only thank you for the availability they show me. In our hearts and minds was the desire to go forward in this competition. But the difference was the energy. It was very different between us and Nottingham Forest.”
Conte, who has been linked with a potential return to Juventus next summer, will now prepare his Tottenham squad for Saturday’s Premier League game at home to Leeds United.