New Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has acknowledged the club needs drastic changes to alert his players to the scale of the task ahead.
The 52-year-old Italian coach played his first match on Thursday, and despite positive points in the 3-2 victory over Vitesse Arnhem in the European Conference, the match revealed many flaws.
The defense looked chaotic and the English team lost enthusiasm and Vitesse threatened to make up for a 3-0 delay.
The former coach of Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan was not surprised by the way his team lost control after imposing its strength at the beginning.
Conte told reporters that turning Tottenham into a rival at the top of the Premier League was a huge challenge and required patience.
He said, “We need a lot of work to improve in many aspects, not only in the tactical aspects but also in the physical aspects, and we need some time for this.”
He added: “In the past days, I found that we need to improve every player, not one, two or three.”
Conte was famous for his sharp way of working and his press conference was postponed for more than half an hour due to the extension of the training time.
He continued: This club has not won a title in many years and to become a winning team, it does not happen in a day, two days or two months, and it must have a vision.
And he continued: The club has a wonderful vision off the field, but this vision must be on the field as well, and this is important if you want to win, and with this vision you can start building rules for the present and the future.
Before visiting Everton on Sunday, Tottenham are ninth in the league after losing five times in their first 10 matches in the competition.
Despite being just five points off the top spot, Conte refused to set goals for the current season, acknowledging that it was not easy to take the helm in the middle of the season.
Conte, who succeeded Nuno Espirito Santo this week, said: “We have to be strong, work collectively, think about development and there is a big margin for improvement with this team.”