Antonio Conte hails taking Tottenham back into the Champions League places as one of his ‘biggest achievements in management’ but
- Antonio Conte hailed Tottenham after they qualified for the Champions League
- The Italian took over as Spurs boss in November and has guided them to fourth
- He hailed one of his ‘biggest achievements in management’ in his whole career
The Italian joined the north London side in November after Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked and lifted them into the fourth and final spot for Europe’s top competition.
A 5-0 win against Norwich on the final day of the season was enough to see of Arsenal and book a Champions League place, something Conte described as good as winning silverware.
Antonio Conte said guiding Spurs to the Champions League is one of his biggest achievements
But the Italian stopped short of committing himself to the club for the long term as he awaits talks with Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici about the club’s future plans.
Speaking at Carrow Road, Conte said: ‘I always said 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 of rest.
‘Then with the mind clear, you can consider the whole season. You have to be calm before you talk.
‘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 spot with a 5-0 win against Norwich on the last day of the campaign
Braces from Dejan Kulusevski and Son Heung-min, as well as a Harry Kane header, sealed a thumping win 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 got a place in the Champions League. For a club like Tottenham to play Champions League is a great opportunity.
‘It was not easy because in England the league is very difficult. There are many top teams. To get a place in the Champions League means we did something excellent.
‘I was very clear with my players and the media. I said now I feel we are ready and can fight until the end. It was the perfect moment. The players know very well our schedule.
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 apart from Brighton. We got fantastic results and now we’re talking about the Champions League. It’s great for everyone at Tottenham.’
And when asked if it was one of his biggest achievements of his career, the Italian answered in the affirmative.
He added: ‘I think so. Honestly it’s never positive to come into a team during the season. For me it was a big challenge, maybe the biggest challenge in my career.
‘I wanted to prove myself in a different situation with a lot of problems to solve. I’m really satisfied.’
Mikel Arteta’s Gunners were in pole position for fourth but dropped points in the last few weeks of the season.
That allowed Conte’s side to nip ahead. Arsenal beat Everton 5-1 on the final day but still finished two points behind Tottenham.