ottenham are closing in on the appointment of Antonio Conte as their new manager, bringing the Italian back to the Premier League three years after his sacking by Chelsea.
Conte and Spurs have history, with the club under Mauricio Pochettino his biggest threat to the league title in 2016-17 and – the same season – he beat them in the FA Cup semi-finals on the way to lifting the cup.
As such, there is plenty Conte has said to say about Tottenham during his two-year spell in English football.
The difference between Chelsea and Tottenham’
“The difference between Chelsea and Tottenham is this — if you are with Chelsea and win, it’s normal,” he explained in April 2017.
“If you are with Tottenham and win, it’s great. But if you lose, it’s not a disaster because you find a lot of situations to explain a good season. Yet in this season, we are at the same level.
“Chelsea were underdogs at the start of the season but now we are top and want to keep this position.
If they don’t arrive in the Champions League, it’s not a tragedy. If they go out in the first round of the Champions League, it’s not a tragedy.
If they go out after the first game that they play in the Europa League, it’s not a tragedy.
“Maybe for Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and – I don’t know – Liverpool, it is a tragedy. You must understand the status of the team.
They are full of great players. They are building something important and this is their third year.
“There is a moment to finish considering yourself an underdog. This is the right moment