OPINION: Conte must make the best of his team to fight a good fight
Updated: Aug 2, 2022
Out of four matches in the pre-season, Antonio Conte's Spurs side won two, drew one and lost one.
While the pre-season friendlies do not in any way determine the fate of clubsides, it can be acknowledged as a better way of preparing for the herculean task that comes in the new season.
Spurs, following a dismal start to the season last term, recovered under Antonio Conte to seal an unlikely Champions League spot; and seeing as the Italian has been fully backed this summer, its logical to expect the unexpected from this transformed Spurs side.
The Italian was speaking after his side's 1-nil loss to Roma on Saturday and he harped on the need to fight hard for the upcoming season.
"For sure, to finish with a loss is not good, but at the same time, it can help us keep our feet on the ground for the environment, for the people inside and outside the club. Then to understand, we have to be humble and to continue to work," he admitted after their 1-0 defeat to Roma on Saturday.
"This season, I think we can be competitive in every game to try to fight. You don't know what will happen at the end of the game, but we have to start the game with the hope of getting three points."
The completion of the transfers of Richarlison from Everton, Yves Bissouma from Brighton and Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan along with Fraser Forster, Clement Lenglet and Djed Spence recently has expanded the depth in the North Londoners' squad.
These transfers clearly summarize the importance of building quality in the depth of the squad - an issue Conte has always wanted to address with his decision to have two players for each position.
With this, Spurs will be assured of having players on the bench who when they're called upon, can have instant impact on the game.
As the 2022/23 season quickly approaches, the trust and need for rotation of these players is something the former Chelsea boss must address in his squad.
Despite joining for £60m from Everton, Richarlison is not assured of an automatic nod to start ahead of Son Heung Min or Harry Kane, but it further reveals the quality and depth in the team.
It's like that for all other departments in the team. For every Harry Kane or Son Heung Min, Conte has a shrewd Richarlison and Ivan Perisic to call upon for some magic or flares needed when everything seems to be impossible.
Bissouma comes in with more energy and doggedness should Hojbjerg becomes weary, injured or suspended.
By and large, Conte must not only utilize the squad and rotate when needed but create a cohesive team full of players he can trust and, more importantly, players he can rely on to be ready and make an impact whenever the need arises.