‘I’m not a magician’ — Rival boss Antonio Conte predicts trouble after accepting Spurs job

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In search for a trophy, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levi had sacked Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho and recently Nuno Espirito Santo. Yet, the North London club has been on the decline.

Levi has recently moved to appoint former Blues boss Antonio Conte to take charge of Tottenham, and it started well for Conte with a comeback 2-1 victory over Leeds United.

However, following a Europa Conference League defeat to Slovenian side Mura, Conte has now revealed that the job is even more difficult than he thought. The Italian has said that he isn’t a magician to turn things around at Spurs immediately.

“This a bad loss for us. The performance was poor,” Conte said after the match.

“We know we have a lot of work ahead of us. This is a difficult moment for us.

“We need patience to improve, to be good again. We were poor not only technically and tactically but also mentally. It will take time to bring Tottenham back.

“I must be honest to tell you that after three weeks I am starting to understand the situation. I can tell you that the situation is not simple. In this moment the level at Tottenham is not so high.

“There is an important gap between the top teams in England. We mustn’t be scared because I’m here to work, I’m here to improve the situation.

“We have to stay together, we have to try to bring the team to another level in many aspects. We need time.

“If someone thinks Conte won in the past, that I’m a magician, I tell you the only magic I can do is to work, to bring hard work, to improve, to bring my methods, my idea of football. But you have to understand we need time.

“There is a lot of work to do. I’m not scared but I want to be honest. We can put work, heart, passion but we need a bit of time, I’m here for this.”

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