Arsenal legend Paul Merson has fired a warning to new Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte.
Conte took over at Spurs following the departure of Nuno Espirito Santo and his first game was against Vitesse in the Europa Conference League and managed to pick a 3-2 victory. The Italian will be keen to help Spurs return to the Champions League football and end the club’s wait for some silverware.
Merson has warned Conte that he has ‘no chance’ of taking Spurs back into the Champions League.
“Antonio Conte has gone to Tottenham to get them into the top four but he doesn’t have the players to do it,” Merson told the Daily Star.
“This is not Chelsea where he had ready-made wing backs, top-quality forwards, and a deep squad with a history of winning things.”
“This is Spurs. Conte makes them better. He’s one of the best managers in the world. But he’s not a miracle worker.”
Top four chances
“I don’t think he will get them into the Champions League. No chance. And if he gets to spend some money but finishes fifth or sixth it’s a waste of an appointment really.”
“Conte has signed for 18 months but they will be back to square one if he’s walked away by then. If they don’t finish top four Harry Kane will be out of there too,” Merson added.