Antonio Conte believes Jurgen Klopp’s patient progress at Liverpool is a good example for Tottenham to follow in their quest to end the trophy drought.
Spurs have not claimed silverware since 2008 despite being among the leading clubs in England for more than a decade.
It was a similar story for Liverpool when Klopp took over seven years ago, but he too did not achieve instant success at Anfield and had to wait until 2019 – when they beat Tottenham in the Champions League final – to win the first. trophy of his tenure at the club.
While the Reds are having a tough time in which they have fought for consistency and are in ninth place in the Premier League, Conte knows Sunday’s opponents remain one of the best teams in world football.
He said: “What we know about Liverpool, (they are) one of the best teams in the world. They are having a bit of a struggle this season. I am surprised at this and that some people are trying to criticize Liverpool after what they have done in recent years.
They have one of the best coaches in the world and fantastic players. At the same time, we have a lot of problems (injuries) but we want to play an important match in front of our fans.
“Jurgen’s story speaks for him and changed Liverpool. I remember very well that Liverpool didn’t win for a long time and it took four years to get Liverpool to win again.
“This shows that it is important for a manager to have time. If people don’t know football, they think this manager’s story is a winning one, that’s not the case.
“Jürgen shows that through work, matches and the transfer market he has improved Liverpool a lot and has taken them to the top. For sure I can speak well of Jurgen, Liverpool and the players, they are definitely a good example for us ”.
While Conte preached the importance of time and patience, it is not something that has been associated with his managerial career.
The 53-year-old’s longest spell at any of his eight clubs was the three seasons he spent at the helm of Juventus.
He explained, however, what the key would be if he followed the lead of Klopp and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola while enjoying an extended stay in England.
“The length and period you stay in a club depends on many, many situations, not just one or two,” Conte insisted.
“Jürgen has found a fantastic place to work and improve his team. Liverpool have invested a lot of money in this period and for this the club has promised to invest, to improve the team. The club’s ambition was really high at Liverpool.
I think so because then I saw how they improved, the money they spent in the market and that’s why he has been working on it for seven years. So it was for Klopp and the same for Pep Guardiola.
“It depends on many situations. If there is a good bond and the ambitions are the same, it is easier to stay in the same club for longer. “
What is certain for the foreseeable future is that Conte will return to the bench on Sunday after being forced to sit in the stands during Tuesday’s 2-1 win at Marseille after receiving a red card against Sporting Lisbon last week.
The Italian did not appreciate his experience but was enthusiastic about the unity shown by everyone in the club to help him earn a place in the round of 16 of the Champions League.
Conte admitted: “It was terrible, it was terrible honestly. It was also really strange that my place was among the people, with the fans. I think maybe UEFA could find a better situation.
“For every coach his team is like a son, he is like my son or my daughter, he is my creation and seeing my players in such difficulties has been really difficult for me and (being) unable to help them.
I want to thank my staff, because they did a really good job between the first and second half, even the players. They showed great unity ”.