Antonio Conte savors one of his ‘greatest achievements’ after guiding Tottenham to the Champions League
Antonio Conte insists achieving a top four finish with Tottenham is one of his ‘greatest achievements’ as manager, but stops short of committing his long-term future for the club after having beaten Norwich
- Antonio Conte hailed Tottenham after qualifying for the Champions League
- The Italian took charge of Spurs in November and guided them to fourth
- He hailed one of his ‘greatest managerial achievements’ of his entire career
- However, the Italian hasn’t committed his long-term future to the North London club
Antonio Conte hailed guiding Tottenham to the Champions League as one of his “greatest managerial achievements”, but refused to commit his future at the club.
The Italian joined the north London side in November after Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked and propelled him to fourth and last place in Europe’s top competition.
A 5-0 win over Norwich on the final day of the season was enough to see Arsenal through and book a Champions League place, which Conte described as a silverware win.
Antonio Conte said guiding Spurs to the Champions League was one of his greatest achievements
But the Italian has stopped his long-term commitment to the club as he awaits talks with Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici over the club’s future plans.
Speaking at Carrow Road, Conte said: “I have always said that at the end of the season we will speak with the club and find the best solution for me and the club.”
“Now for me, the club and the players, it’s good to have three, four, five days off.
‘Then with a clear mind you can look forward to the whole season. You have to be calm before you speak.
“There is a lot of emotion in my mind, my heart now. For this reason, it would be good to rest for four or five days, meet the club and find the best possible solution.
Tottenham sealed fourth place with a 5-0 win over Norwich on the final day of the campaign
Braces from Dejan Kulusevski and Son Heung-min, along with a header from Harry Kane, sealed a landslide victory for Spurs at Carrow Road.
The former Inter Milan manager told BBC Sport that Spurs having the chance to dine at the top table next season was a “great opportunity”.
He added: “It was a perfect day for us. We have a place in the Champions League. For a club like Tottenham, playing the Champions League is a great opportunity.
“It wasn’t easy because in England the league is very tough. There are a lot of top teams. Getting a place in the Champions League means we did something great.
“I was very clear with my players and the media. I said now that I felt we were ready and that we could fight until the end. It was the perfect moment. The players know very well our calendar.
The Italian added that having the chance to be in Europe next season was a ‘great opportunity’
“We made a paper with our games and it was a fantastic run away from Brighton. We got fantastic results and now we are talking about the Champions League. It’s great for everyone at Tottenham.
And when asked if it was one of his biggest career achievements, the Italian said yes.
He added: “I think so. Honestly, it’s never a good thing to come into a team during the season. For me it was a big challenge, maybe the biggest challenge of my career.
“I wanted to prove myself in a different situation with a lot of problems to solve. I am really satisfied.
Mikel Arteta’s Gunners were in pole position for fourth place but dropped points in the final weeks of the season.
This allowed Conte’s team to get ahead. Arsenal beat Everton 5-1 on the final day but still finished two points behind Tottenham.