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Levy identifies Conte as the perfect man to bring back the Tottenham DNA

And so another managerial megastar arrives in the UK. Pep Guardiola, Thomas Tuchel, Jurgen Klopp and now - in his second spell in the country - Antonio Conte.

The Italian has signed a deal at Tottenham Hotspur until 2023, and though each of Spurs' last three managers also had a contract until that date, the club hope Conte can break the cycle and last well beyond that.

Pochettino's shadow

Since the departure of Mauricio Pochettino in 2019, Spurs have struggled to emerge from his considerable shadow.

Call it the 'Metropolitano syndrome' or something else, but that glory run to the final of the 2019 Champions League in Madrid signalled the high point of this team, to which it has never got close to since.

Conte wants this to change, though.

"My coaching philosophy is very simple - to play good football, attractive football, with passion, for our fans," he said.

"To have a stable team, not up and down.

"I think that the fans deserve to have a competitive team with a will to fight. We will do everything to deserve their support."

Tottenham DNA

As well as silverware, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is hoping Conte can reconnect the club with its DNA.

"We are acutely aware of the need to select someone whose values reflect those of our great club, and return to playing football with the style for which we are known - free-flowing, attacking and entertaining - whilst continuing to embrace our desire to see young players flourish from our academy alongside experienced talent," he noted.

Spurs' sporting director, Fabio Paratici, who worked with Conte at Juventus, feels he will succeed in time if they follow a process.

"We are here to do our best to win trophies, big trophy or small trophy," he said.

"We try to win every game, we try to do the best every game and to build the best in this season and the next seasons.

"Sometimes you have to be patient to achieve results, you have to be ready to suffer, to sacrifice yourself for the group. This is our mentality and we have to improve in this way."

Ex-Tottenham star Nayim perhaps summed up Conte's task best.

"His job is to change the mentality," he said.

"He is a coach with a big personality. Wherever he's been, he's won.

"He is happy to play the youngsters, and good football - without losing the Italian essence of his play.

"It's a young team with a good future. There has been a drop since Pochettino left, and Conte must reverse that."

Conte - though he may not actually be in the dugout due to visa issues - starts with a Europa Conference League meeting with Vitesse Arnhem, which Spurs must not lose if they are going to maintain their hopes in the competition.

After that, it will be all eyes on a Premier League campaign, which has seen Spurs lose five of their past seven games.

Conte's in-tray will be chiefly about how he can form a functioning team from a group of players that - despite the youthful summer arrivals of Bryan Gil and Cristian Romero - have been together a long time.

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