Tottenham currently find themselves third in the Premier League and Paul Merson believes that Spurs fans “need to be careful” with their expectations of Antonio Conte.
Conte’s side have started the season relatively well, but they have run into the same problems against fellow big six sides.
Spurs were able to scrape a draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but they came up short against Arsenal and Man United.
Their recent shortcomings have led to some criticism of Conte, but Merson believes he is doing a fantastic job.
The pundit explained (via Soccer Saturday): “They are third in the league. If you are a Tottenham fan, as I keep going back to, two massive football clubs will miss out on the top four.
“At the moment, they are in the top four. They have an elite manager. They need to be careful, Tottenham. They have one of the best managers in what world of football.”
Conte’s side only managed to register two shots on target against Man United and they were well beaten in the end.
Merson believes there is more to come from Conte’s side, although he doesn’t think they are in the title race.
He added: “When he won the league at Chelsea, it was keep it tight at the back, then go from there and it’s the same at Tottenham and why not? He will bring success at Tottenham.
“He knows Tottenham aren’t going to win the league – he’s a winner and he wouldn’t want to stay here too long if he’s not winning anything. He will think ‘what’s the point’. They can win a domestic trophy.”
Spurs haven’t won a major trophy since 2008 when they won the League Cup. They have come close on several occasions, but they have often just come up short in semi-finals and finals.
Next up for Conte’s side is a test against Newcastle who currently sit sixth in the league.
A win for Eddie Howe’s side would see them go just two points behind Spurs in the Premier League.
Given the injuries to Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski, Spurs are looking fairly light in the final third as things stand.
They have only scored four goals across their last four league matches. The Newcastle game will provide an opportunity for Spurs to get back to winning ways.
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