As a Juventus player, Antonio Conte had first-hand experience of what it means to come out at Old Trafford, to feel strong Manchester UnitedHala, one of England’s premier clubs.
Conte was the captain of Juventus in 1999 when teams faltered in the Champions League semi-final and he opened the scoring in the 1-1 first leg in Manchester. Inspired by Roy Keane, United will win the second leg 3-2, having been 2-0 down, On the way to the triple.
There is no doubt that Conte was flattered when his agent told him Sir Alex Ferguson had rated him and wanted him signed. “It was through him that Mr Ferguson appreciated me very much at that time,” Conte said, as he looked forward to taking Tottenham’s squad to Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
“You never know if a customer can tell you the truth or a lie! I haven’t spoken to him [Ferguson] Because I wanted to stay at Juventus and end my career there.”
It’s easy to be sad about Ferguson’s glory years, to admit it Eric Ten Hag restarted with United He still has many circuits, but Conte continues to view the trip to Old Trafford as a key test – especially on a psychological level.
Conte’s respect for United is clear; Financial strength, and how they support their managers with engagements. If facing them under the lights of Old Trafford is an occasion for his continuation, it is also an occasion he hopes he can make more progress in what he is building at Spurs.
Conte said: “Manchester United has always had the strength. “Even in the past ten years [post-Ferguson]Every season they had the ability to enter the transfer market and invest big and big money.
“They did it after they finished second two seasons ago, by signing Cristiano Ronaldo, [Jadon] Sancho and [Raphaël] Varane.
“United will always be a monster that you have to fight. We are talking about a team that, if they don’t make big mistakes, they will always stay in the top four, play the Champions League and fight for the title and trophies.
“Playing at Old Trafford is not easy. But at the same time it is a big theater and you have to play with character, play your football, with your ideas. That would be a good step for us to go out there and play with character and try to win. I am enjoying the fact that this test is coming now “.
Conte’s team failed last season. United were there to pick up on March 12th, reeling from 4-1 defeat at Manchester CityAnd Tottenham put in a performance that deserves something. However, they got nothing, and Ronaldo scored a hat-trick United win 3-2. There was a lot of it, and a little bit of wit from Spurs, as Conte then said his players had to know ‘when to push and when to be cool. You don’t buy experience, you improve it after this kind of game’.
Since then, a lot has changed, not least for Ronaldo, who Ten Hag often overlooked after trying to secure a transfer in the summer. When he’s on the field, I sometimes feel he can play all day and not score – a stark example coming in the Europa League away game against Omonia, which United eventually won 3-2. Never write it off. I will not be.
Meanwhile, Tottenham have lost just three games in all competitions since then – one in April, and two this season. They made their best start to a league season since 1963-64 after 10 games and Conte’s demands for tactical discipline, focus and sacrifice seem to have worked. Self-belief is on the rise.
The World Cup is looming but Conte doesn’t see it as a distraction, pointing out that England captain Harry Kane will not back down between now and the domestic season has stopped. “I can tell you Harry wants to play every game,” Conte said.
“A player who wants to play every game is not afraid of injury or missing out on the World Cup. Just like the other. [World Cup] Players, Harry is really focused on Tottenham.”
It was interesting – and unusual – to hear Conte announce his preference for playing 3-4-3 at United because he usually doesn’t give anything away about his squad. Maybe it was a trick and he will stick to the 3-5-2 system that made the difference for the 52nd minute of the match 2-0 home win over Everton On Saturday when Eve Bisoma reported on the injured Richarlison.
It seemed like a show of confidence in his methods, doubling down on what he hoped would be the result of a statement. Konti is ready to kill the monster.