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Conte era begins at Tottenham Hotspur

Antonio Conte will take charge of Tottenham Hotspur for the first time this Thursday night.

Vitesse Arnhem will be his first opponents, with the Dutch side arriving in London for the Europa Conference League group-stage game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Conte has just two matches - this one against Vitesse and a trip to Rafa Benitez's Everton on Sunday - to make an imprint before the international break sees Spurs have two weeks off.

But Conte is not a man that needs time, making him a precious commodity to the impatient chairmen of elite football.

Conte won his first game with Chelsea back in 2016, before going on a club record 13-game winning streak later that year which ended - ironically - in a 2-0 defeat to Spurs.

He was similarly effective in his early days at Inter, thrashing his hometown club Lecce 4-0 in his first game in charge, and going on to lose just 15 of his 102 games in charge.

How Spurs could line up

At both Chelsea and Inter, his de facto formation was 3-5-2, and it will be interesting to see whether he plumps for this against Vitesse.

Harry Kane has played the vast majority of his career as a lone frontman in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1, but Son Heung-min has played as an auxiliary striker for much of that time and he could reprise that role under Conte.

Further back, it will be instructive to see how Conte deals with Dele Alli and Harry Winks.

The England pair have been frozen out by successive Spurs managers Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo.

But both could relish a new start, and it's not beyond the realms of possibility that Winks could feature in midfield alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the sort of role Nicolo Barella fulfilled under Conte at Inter.

At the back, the attacking Sergio Reguilon looks tailor-made for a berth at left wing-back, with Emerson Royal an option on the other side.

Conte has plenty of options at centre-back, but he doesn't have long to wait before the January transfer window if he wants to make reinforcements.

If the opinion of Pep Guardiola is anything to go by, Spurs look set to enjoy a resurgence over the next few months.

"My opinion about my colleague Conte is that he's superb, maybe he's the best," said Guardiola during the Italian's first spell in England.

"He was able to make Italy play beautiful football, Juventus too, in a culture where it's so defensive.

"He's an excellent manager, I learn a lot when I see his teams - Juventus, Italy and now [Chelsea].

"I like to do that because you see what they want to do. Their teams control a lot of aspects.

"It's a good lesson for me to see his teams and learn."

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