Antonio Conte said on Wednesday that Tottenham’s management was an “honor” and vowed to “pay the trust” of chairman Daniel Levy by restoring the struggling Premier League club’s fortunes.
The Italian was appointed on Tuesday, a day after Esperso fired Nono Esperanto Santo after a 3-0 defeat at home to Manchester United last weekend.
Conte, who guided Chelsea to the 2016/17 Premier League title, said Levy’s “contagious enthusiasm and determination” persuaded him to join.
“It’s a great honor to be the manager of Tottenham, it’s a great honor,” he told Spurs TV. This is a great opportunity to return to one of the top clubs in England.
“The club and Daniel Levy wanted me so badly and it’s an honor to accept that. Now, of course, I want to pay that trust.”
The 52-year-old won Inter Milan’s first Serie A title since 2010 last season in order to break Juventus’ nine-year hold of the Italian league before leaving Nerazzurri.
Conte started Joyo’s dominance with three Serie A titles between 2011 and 2014 and managed Italy from 2014 to 2016 before his two-year stint at Chelsea.
His magic at Stamford Bridge saw the Blues score 93 points and 85 goals on their way to the Premier League title before the 2018 FA Cup victory.
Unlike Conte’s trophies, Spurs have not picked up any silverware since the 2008 League Cup.
After four consecutive seasons in the Champions League under Mauricio Pochettino between 2016 and 2019, Tottenham have failed to qualify for the European Club Football Premier League for the past two years.
Conte knows he has a big job to do, and the North London club are ninth after five defeats in seven league games.
“I have come to a top club where the stadiums, the training grounds are great. I will work to bring Tottenham to the same level of infrastructure on the pitch,” Conte said.
“This kind of situation pushes you and increases your desire to work and do something important for the fans of this club.”
Conte was one of Spurs’ top goals in the summer, but he revealed that he did not feel ready after the end of the spell at Inter.
“I have just finished two very tough seasons and this was not the right time to start another experiment with Tottenham,” he added.
“Because of this, I say to them, ‘Thank you, but I prefer to wait and enjoy with my family.’ Emotionally, I was still in the final experience with Inter.”
“I have to be 110 percent convinced because when I start, I’m fully involved in this situation.”
Conte’s first game in charge of the Spurs will be his UEFA Conference League fixture against Vetsy Arnham on Thursday.
Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris believes his team should enjoy a “great opportunity” to work with Conte.
Calling on Tottenham stars to support Conte and show their commitment, the French goalkeeper said: “He is very excited and he believes in all the players in the dressing room.
“Then as players we need to demand more from each other. We need to be more responsible to the clubs and the fans.
“It’s a great opportunity to work under one of the greatest managers of the last few years. Now is not the time for words, this is the time to work.
Tottenham have a lot of ambitions and they try to provide the best for the players. But the players need to show their responsibility and show their commitment.