The Tottenham Hotspur boss believes there are different ways to win the Premier League title as the North London Derby arrives on Sunday.
Antonio Conte believes there are two ways to win the Premier League title as Tottenham welcome top of the table Arsenal on Sunday.
Mikel Arteta‘s men sit at the summit of the league as the halfway stage of the season approaches with Manchester City second, Newcastle third, Manchester United fourth and Tottenham in fifth, albeit 11 points behind their north London rivals. When asked whether it was difficult to win a league title with a younger team such as Arteta’s outfit, Conte believes it is possible while also pointing to another route after hearing United boss Erik ten Hag this week.
“It’s not difficult if you have time and patience. This process at Arsenal started three and a half years ago with Arteta. It’s normal when you work with the same young players and after four years they develop and become stronger,” he said. “You have two paths you can follow.
“I heard what Ten Hag said about Manchester United. He said it was really important to sign players with experience like Casemiro and Varane because they brought a winning mentality. If you want to accelerate the process it is important to bring experienced players, winners, who know how to win.
“But you have another way, which is you need to have time and patience to develop young players. In our squad we have eight or nine young players, who for sure have a brilliant future, but we have to continue to work, with Gil, Pape Sarr, Skippy, Sessegnon, Spence, Tanganga, Emerson is 23-years-old. We are talking about many young players.
“Arsenal is doing a good job but, don’t forget, I remember the problems they had at the start of last season. They had a lot of criticism. When I talk about time and patience it’s not an alibi, it’s a situation I know. One way is to wait to develop these young players to become stronger players.”
On everyone can expect from his Tottenham side in the second half of the season, Conte added: “My expectation is to try to improve and have a second part of the season and do our best. Until now, we did well because to stay in this position and go to next round of the Champions League and fight for the FA Cup, we are doing a good job.
“We have to continue and have the ambition to improve our level. When I speak to my players I always say if you want to try to improve everyone needs to have the target to improve and reach another level. If we can do it we will see a team that is going to grow. For sure, we have only one way to do it, to work.
“The only thing I ask is to keep fingers crossed and don’t have injuries because we don’t have a squad so deep to face many injuries. This is the only situation I am a bit worried bout. Otherwise, if I stay with the squad, all the players available, I think we can take the right satisfaction for us.”