After Chelsea’s humiliation, Tottenham risk enraging Antonio Conte with a transfer promise.
TOTTENHAM were defeated 2-0 by Chelsea in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final.
It was only fitting that a sobering reality check arrived at Stamford Bridge, reminding Tottenham of how fortunate they are to have Antonio Conte and how he will leave if things do not go his way.
Conte walked away from this patch, suing Chelsea for £9 million in the process, just one year after winning the Premier League title in 2018, following a breakdown in his relationship with the board over signings, among other factors.
Conte now has ammunition in the form of concrete evidence that he needs new recruits as manager of Spurs, their London rivals.
Also, it must be done quickly.
After all, Conte would not have taken this job if he didn’t know he’d be able to spend it just months after being fired from Inter Milan due to a lack of funds.
Despite an obviously underwhelming and uninspiring squad, Tottenham has seen little movement five days into the transfer window.
Spurs’ dreadful first-half performance in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final suggests they need at least six new players.
Maybe even more.
Japhet Tanganga, an unpolished gem, appeared out of place, while Davinson Sanchez and Ben Davies do not appear capable of playing 90 minutes without making a mistake.
Even a back-three will not be enough to protect them.
Matt Doherty was a lost cause at left-wing-back, playing on the wrong flank and primarily turning in an unorthodox fashion to receive and pass the ball with his strong right foot, while Emerson Royal paraded the right channel like a headless chicken.
Conte will be cautious about his £20 million summer transfer from Barcelona, which was backed and facilitated by Paratici.
In fact, it may have made the task at hand more difficult.
Levy was praised a year ago for offloading academy graduate Kyle Walker-Peters to Southampton in part-exchange for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, but the Englishman would easily walk into Conte’s side after a man-of-the-match performance against Spurs last week.
That is a damning indictment of the club’s recent transfer window failures and failure to evolve post-Mauricio Pochettino.
Following his team’s defeat in the 2019 Champions League final, Levy was eager to push Kieran Trippier out the door.
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