Tottenham news Antonio Conte on Premier League top four race

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Tottenham News Round-Up: Antonio Conte on Premier League Top Four Race

This week's round-up of the latest Tottenham news covers several important topics. From Tottenham's unbeaten run to Arsenal's advantage over Spurs‚ to Christian Eriksen's return to the club‚ we take a look at some of the key issues. Plus‚ we touch on the honeymoon period of Antonio Conte. Read on to discover what he really thinks about his new side.

Tottenham's unbeaten run

Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte has called on his senior players to guide their club back into the Champions League this season after their 3-2 defeat at Manchester United on Saturday. Spurs are now six points off fourth-placed Arsenal and have won 13 of their last 25 matches. Tottenham last played in the Champions League during the 2019-20 season‚ where they were knocked out by RB Leipzig in the round of 16. The Premier League top four race is perhaps the most interesting battle in the division this season‚ and it is very difficult to predict which team will emerge from the top four. Arsenal‚ for example‚ looked to be cruising to their first Champions League campaign in five years‚ but have since lost to Crystal Palace. Tottenham‚ on the other hand‚ are finding consistency under new manager Antonio Conte. Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur have been in outstanding form and are now a mainstay in the side. Spurs were deemed out of contention for the top four only two months ago‚ and have now won six of eight Premier League games. The fact that Tottenham has more games to play than Arsenal makes their title hopes even more remarkable. Tottenham's remaining fixtures are relatively easy to win. They will face Arsenal in a rearranged north London derby on November 27 and will face Manchester United on November 29. Tottenham Hotspur's unbeaten run in the top four race was unprecedented at the time. Conte joined the club as an 18-year-old and led the club to the UEFA Europa League final and the Serie A title in 2021. After he was sacked by Inter Milan‚ he was quickly recruited by Tottenham. Fabio Paratici was instrumental in his recruitment. Chelsea are now five points clear of Tottenham and West Ham in the top four race‚ with two games in hand. Despite this‚ the Gunners still have to play a game in hand‚ and if that happens‚ Arsenal would be six points clear. This situation could change in the next few weeks‚ but Chelsea are in a good position to make the leap. They have a lot of games in hand and have an unbeaten streak in the Premier League.

Arsenal's advantage over Spurs

While the two sides remain three points clear at the top of the table‚ Tottenham Hotspur have an advantage in the Champions League race. The Gunners have had an impressive start to the season‚ winning four of their five games‚ while Spurs have been inconsistent. After all‚ Tottenham have been without Heung Min-Son for the entirety of this season. Despite this‚ Spurs' win over West Ham United has given them a boost in the title race. However‚ there are still a couple of tricky fixtures for Tottenham to get through before the end of the season. Spurs must visit London Stadium‚ West Ham United‚ and Stamford Bridge‚ and Arsenal must host sixth-placed Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium. However‚ even if they do end up losing their last game‚ they still have the luxury of securing a place in the Champions League next season. Tottenham's advantage over Arsenal could prove vital in the final stretch. Tottenham have a game in hand and can overtake the Gunners if they win against Newcastle. While Newcastle aren't the worst team in the world‚ Spurs dismantled them on Sunday and won't lose their lead over Arsenal. Tottenham's recent form is a huge advantage. In fact‚ Murphy believes Tottenham's form gives them a massive advantage. The festive period is an important part of the season‚ and both teams will be hoping to make the most of it. The first week of December will see Arsenal host Watford. This game could be the deciding game in the Champions League. Interestingly‚ the Spurs' festive period record is far better than Arsenal's‚ and both teams will be hoping for maximum points in the remaining games. However‚ they have been hit by injuries‚ and three Premier League games have been postponed. The last match of the season has the potential to make Tottenham Hotspur favourites in the top four. However‚ they must win both games to ensure that they finish in the top four. And with a win‚ Tottenham could go three points clear. The only thing that could stop them is the defeat of Aston Villa. However‚ a draw between Tottenham and Arsenal will put a massive hole in Tottenham's title hopes.

Christian Eriksen's return to the club

With Conte's appointment as manager‚ Christian Eriksen will presumably return to Tottenham. While he hasn't played for the club for many months‚ the Dane has impressed in the Premier League and has helped the club reach the Champions League final in recent years. If this move is successful‚ he will be able to work alongside Son Heung-min and Harry Kane to provide balance to the side. Despite being sidelined since the Euro 2020 game against Finland‚ Christian Eriksen's future at Tottenham is still very much up in the air. Eriksen is undergoing treatment for an implanted cardioverter-defibrillator and may make his return to Tottenham in the coming months. While the manager hasn't ruled out a return‚ it is unlikely. Despite the speculation surrounding Christian Eriksen‚ it is difficult to see how he could be used in the Premier League - and a transfer to a smaller club. Since his collapse at Euro 2020‚ the Danish international has been out of action for three months. He was released by Inter Milan as per Serie A rules after failing to play with the defibrillator. Tottenham and Manchester United are keeping a close eye on Eriksen's progress. The former Danish international has already been linked with a move to a Premier League club. It's possible that the Premier League giants could offer him a contract to remain there. Since signing for Brentford‚ Eriksen has made a good impression on the club. He's played three league games for the club and has scored three goals. Although he's only aged 20‚ he has proven his worth‚ and has impressed Mauricio Pochettino's side. The Dane has already scored twice in consecutive Denmark matches. There is a chance that he could join Man United in the winter transfer window. The Dane is currently being assessed by medical experts. The cause of the cardiac event remains unclear. He had an ICD fitted during the Euro 2020 tournament‚ but Dr. Bradley previously advised that athletes who have ICDs do not return to strenuous sport. However‚ there is still a risk associated with the device. The Danish international's condition has been further complicated by an incident at a football game.

Conte's honeymoon period

After his dazzling spell as Chelsea manager‚ Antonio Conte is facing tough tests to win silverware in the coming months. The Italian is not alone in his struggle to win silverware; he's had a similar experience at Juventus have been struggling for years. It is impossible to buy winning mentality and transfer it from one club to another. It has to be cultivated day by day. Some players pick up the process easily‚ others need a while. Tottenham Hotspur's semi-final exit in the Carabao Cup has hit Conte's quest for silverware‚ but he's now matched Nuno Espirito Santo in that regard. Tottenham Hotspur have endured a difficult start to life under Conte. The Italian manager has failed to convince fans of his ability to improve their fortunes. Since taking over the job‚ Spurs have won only four Premier League games‚ a poor record for a manager with his reputation. The Spurs manager has often been critical of the squad‚ questioning every aspect of their work and training methods. Tottenham's boos at half-time were quickly turned to cheers by the final whistle. Tottenham played well and came from behind to beat Leeds‚ but the manager's side had forgotten to score goals. Despite this‚ the manager has already apologised for his outburst after the game. The win over Leeds marks the end of Conte's honeymoon period. A few more games of this nature will help them stay in the Premier League. Tottenham also added two players in the winter transfer window. Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski both signed four-year contracts. The Italian also signed Rodrigo Kulusevski from Juventus‚ who has already scored twice. The Spaniard's signing made the Tottenham manager's honeymoon period during the top-four race a memorable one. Despite Tottenham's defeat‚ the Italian praised the players' performance and showed his genuine passion for the Premier League. Despite the fact that Chelsea lost three points against Tottenham on Saturday‚ the Italian is adamant that his side will stay in the top four. However‚ the Spaniards have a tendency to fall in the closing weeks of the season. With four points to their name‚ a victory against Atletico will virtually ensure Chelsea's top-four place. A win over Atletico on Wednesday would seal their place in the knockout round of the Champions League.