Daniel Levy has backed Antonio Conte with a team for the "here and now," but a Premier League title push may have to wait.
That is the opinion of Tottenham legend Clive Allen, who reckons it'll be tough for his old club to overhaul Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the league. Spurs are tipped to go well this season after Levy loosened the purse strings to let Conte build a team that he thinks can challenge at the summit.
While Allen believes the club's aim is to challenge the de facto top two in the Premier League, he knows it's going to be a tough ask, even with Conte at the helm.
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Speaking to Daily Star Sport (via cheekypunter.com), he said: "I have no doubt the intention will be to challenge the leaders and be around those positions. Man City and Liverpool are still the top two, I can't see past them being one and two come the end of the season.
"But the quality Spurs have added, the confidence they will have gained from last season's finish and the chance to play Champions League football again will give them a great incentive.
"The way they have strengthened I think signals a great intent to go on all fronts and try to win as much as possible if they can. The Premier League has eluded them for too long so it would be nice to see them amongst the leaders."
Of course, with Conte at the helm there's always a chance that Tottenham could combust. The fiery Italian burned bridges at Chelsea and threatened to walk out on Spurs after his side limped to a 1-0 defeat against Burnley in February.
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Does Allen believe that could be a problem again this season? Not really. "I think this season will be massive for him and Spurs," the 61-year-old continued. "The business they have done indicated they are looking to make a big impact. That is the way he works, he wants to build a team for now and that's exactly what he's done.
"He also has the squad to back up the first 11 so I think the clear intention that Daniel Levy is backing Conte and what he wants to do."
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