Jamie Carragher disagrees with Antonio Conte over Tottenham and Chelsea comparison

Antonio Conte on in-form Tottenham

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Unlike Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes the current Spurs team is similar to the Chelsea side Conte guided to the Premier League title. The Italian has won four of his first six Premier League matches since replacing the sacked Nuno Espirito Santo at the end of October.

Harry Kane’s second goal in two matches and strikes from Lucas Moura and Son Heung-Min secured a comfortable 3-0 home victory against Crystal Palace.

The north Londoners’ dominant performance against Patrick Vieira’s side saw them move within six points of the Champions League places, where they currently hold three games in hand over fourth placed Arsenal.

There has been an obvious improvement since the four-time Serie A champion took over the reins at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

However, despite the evident similarities in personnel and strengths, Conte said he thinks the current crop of players at his disposal are “different” to the Chelsea side he managed between 2016 and 2018.

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“No, I think it’s different, I don’t like to compare [the] situations because there’s too big a difference [between now and] my experience in the past,” Conte said to the London Evening Standard after their victory over the Eagles.

“Also, I remember very well I started the season [with Chelsea] and when you start the season you have the possibility to work with your players and to also make decisions about your players. This is different.

“For sure we have to continue to improve, to exploit the confidence that is going to improve us. We know very well and I know very well, we have a big job to do.”

After a shakey start to his time at Stamford Bridge, Conte overhauled Chelsea’s formation and introduced a counterattacking 3-4-3 formation, which went on to propel them to the Premier League title.

While former Blues managers Maurizio Sarri and Frank Lampard preferred to use a 4-3-3 formation during their respective spells at the club, current boss Thomas Tuchel introduced a very similar 3-4-3 system when he entered the Chelsea hotseat.

Similarly to Conte, the former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain manager oversaw a stunning transformation in the Blues, who went on to win the Champions League.

Despite a recent drop in form, Tuchel is continuing to play a fine tune out of this Chelsea side with the same 3-4-3 formation.

And during his analysis of Tottenham’s impressive performance against Palace, Carragher believes there are very similarities between Spurs, Conte’s old Chelsea side, and Tuchel’s crop of players.


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“Watching them at the weekend, it took me back to Chelsea under Conte or even under Thomas Tuchel now with that 3-4-3,” Carragher said to Monday Night Football.

“Lucas Moura with Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane, that is a formidable front three, with these wing-backs that play high and wide.

“Just the role that the two No 10s have, it makes it really difficult for those who pick them up. This is the problem that you have as the full-back, do you go with the wing-back or the No 10? The space is outside for the wing-back. We see that a lot with Tuchel’s team.

“Against Conte, against Chelsea now, you see it so often where the space is there for the wing-back, whether it is Marcos Alonso, Reece James, or, for Tottenham, Sergio Reguilon.

“I always feel that if you go with a back four against these top teams it is really difficult because this seems to happen a lot.”

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