Tottenham Hotspur didn’t put much of a fight against Chelsea over the two legs in their EFL Cup semi-final matchup. The Blues won 3-0 on aggregate, but it did help shine a light for manager Antonio Conte and what he needs to address on the squad.
Following the lopsided loss, the BBC’s Phil McNulty wrote a column stating that Chelsea helped expose the flaws and Conte can only do so much tactically and, as a result, needs financial investments to strengthen the team and put them at a level with the top clubs in England.
“If they were in any doubt as to what Conte’s Spurs need before they can even think about working a way back into the Premier League elite, the manner in which they were brushed aside by Chelsea over two legs should act as the manager’s Exhibit A,” McNulty wrote.
“What is clear is that Conte’s current Spurs are simply not good enough for what he expects and to match his previous record of success. The manager’s comments this week suggest he has made this brutally clear to those in power at Spurs.”
The January transfer window is open, and Tottenham has yet to make any move yet whether it’s adding or subtracting from their squad. However, the majority of the heavy work will come this upcoming summer.
Spurs will need to invest heavily during the summer months to bring the squad up to the standards Conte requires from the teams he’s managing. Furthermore, he isn’t afraid to walk away as he did with Inter Milan.