Gary Neville thinks Tottenham are becoming a ‘real’ force under Antonio Conte, and believes the side’s top four rivals will now ‘FEAR’ them after they pushed Liverpool to the limit during their 2-2 stalemate on Sunday
- Tottenham held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw in an enthralling contest on Sunday
- They are unbeaten in five leagues games since Antonio Conte took charge
- Gary Neville believes the Italian coach is already building a formidable team
- He feels that Tottenham’s top four rivals will now be wary of Conte’s side
Gary Neville believes that Tottenham could push for a Champions League place under Antonio Conte this season following the side’s eye-catching performance against Liverpool on Sunday.
Spurs have failed to make the top four in each of their last two campaigns, but looked a force to be reckoned with when they held Jurgen Klopp’s side to an entertaining 2-2 draw in their latest outing.
Coming off the back of a two week break from competitive action due to a number of positive Covid cases within the squad, Tottenham more than held their own, and Neville is impressed by the impact that Conte has had at the club since he arrived last month.
Gary Neville thinks Antonio Conte has made a major impact at Tottenham over the past month
Antonio Conte seems to be getting more out of Tottenham’s squad than his predecessors
‘He’s a great manager, you can see the influence he’s had on this group.’ he said on the Gary Neville Podcast, as reported by Metro.
‘The energy compared to how they were before, the stadium is electric, and it was brilliant in here all the way through the game.
‘You can see him on the touchline. The emotions. He cares passionately and is desperate to win.’
Neville thinks that Conte will have been annoyed that Tottenham didn’t take all three points from the game, but feels that the Italian’s winning mentality could help his team kick on between now and the end of the season as they aim to finish inside the top four.
Harry Kane scored on Sunday, and may have a big role to play in Spurs’ push for a top four spot
‘He’ll be disappointed with the chances missed because I think he set up his team perfectly, but also proud and realise he’s got a good group of players here. We started to question that over the last 12-18 months.
‘It will strike a little bit of fear into Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, West Ham, all the others with aspirations to be up there. This Tottenham team are going to be real in the next four to five months,’ he added.
Tottenham currently find themselves six points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal in the race for a Champions League spot.
They have three games in hand on their arch-rivals, though, and seem to be building momentum having picked up 11 points from a possible 15 under Conte.
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