Antonio Conte pays Spurs price by ignoring Pochettino’s request | Football | sport
Antonio Conte watched on the sidelines as his Tottenham side were brutally humiliated against Slovenian side FC Mura, but the Italian is suffering from what all of Mauricio Pochettino’s successors have faced, after his request was ignored by Daniel Levy in 2019.
Antonio Conte is the latest manager to pay the price for Tottenham’s bizarre decision to ignore requests from former manager Mauricio Pochettino as they were absolutely humiliated by Slovenian side FC Mura, losing 2-1 against a team founded just nine years ago within UEFA. Conference League.
Although he arrived in Slovenia as a big favorite for Conte’s second game in the European Third Division, FC Mura took a 1-0 lead, and things have turned from bad to worse as Ryan Sessegnon has been sent off before half-time.
After 70 minutes of frustration Harry Kane finally responded for Tottenham as he tied the scores, but Spurs were stunned as they left them wide open and Amadej Marosa made a hero of himself by scoring a winner at the 94th minute to hand Mura their very first European. to win.
Tottenham’s qualification is now under threat and they will face a must-see match against group leader Rennes in the group’s last clash.
Conte now realizes how huge a task he has at Tottenham, but Pochettino was aware of the difficulties Spurs would face in 2019.
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It’s quite a fall from grace, as Tottenham went from being a Champions League finalist to struggling in the UEFA Conference League in the span of just two years, and even Conte can be worried. for having accepted an impossible job.
Remember the Pochettino era, the Argentinian had Tottenham playing some of the best football in Europe, and after narrowly missing their first Premier League title, they were lucky enough to take the ultimate European crown .
They lost 2-0 to Liverpool in the final, but it was an extremely respectable race, even though Pochettino knew at the time that his side had reached their peak, and it was time for a revamp to maintain their momentum.
Pochettino addressed a request to President Daniel Levy following their loss in the Champions League final in 2019, as he said: âWhen you talk about Tottenham everyone says you have an amazing home but you have to install the furniture.
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âIf you want to have a nice house, you might need better furniture, and it depends on your budget if you’re going to spend the money.
âWe’re brave, we’re smart, we’re creative. Now it’s about creating another chapter and having a clear idea of ââhow we’re going to build this new project.
“We have to rebuild. It is going to be painful.”
Pochettino’s plea was ignored by Levy, and just as the former boss warned, they struggled to perform as the team reached their expiration date, and the Argentine was sacked after a bad start to the season.
Serial winner Jose Mourinho was recruited, but even âThe Special Oneâ couldn’t create a miracle, and now Nuno Espirito Santo has been sacked after just 124 days on the job.
Levy continues to hold back and take shortcuts to solve problems, but his attempts to take shortcuts ultimately lead to regression and other pain down the line.
Who knows where Tottenham would be if they listened to Pochettino and supported their most successful manager of the past decade, but one thing is certain is that Conte will step out of Levy’s office to make sure he gets the revision that was refused two years ago.
Tottenham need to refresh themselves, and they need to radically change squads in order to move closer to any form of success in the near future, something they could have experienced now if Levy had trusted his former boss in 2019.
Spurs have their dream home and seemingly landed the dream manager in Conte, but due to board hesitation and a lack of vision for what seemed inevitable at Pochettino, their identity keeps growing. to exist.
It’s time for Levy not to run Tottenham like a Wall Street company for at least a season, as his assets will be considerably more valuable if he runs Spurs like a football club in the near future.