William Gallas Exclusive: Conte's Winning Mentality
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William Gallas Exclusive: Conte's Winning Mentality

Former Tottenham Hotspur defender William Gallas has hailed new Spurs boss Antonio Conte’s immediate impact at the club. The North Londoners were lacking in confidence after a poor run of results under ousted coach Nuno Espirito Santo – but the Italian tactician’s arrival has boosted morale and improved performances. Gallas – who featured 78 times across a three-year stint at White Hart Lane – also spoke of his admiration for Conte’s passion, ahead of Tottenham’s clash with Leicester City this evening.


Winner's Mentality

Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “What I like about the appointment is that he (Conte) brings a winner’s mentality. 

“He was very passionate as a player and when you see him on the bench, he’s very passionate. 

“In matches, when the opponent starts to push, you see him turn and start motivating the fans to make a lot of noise and support the team, which makes it harder for the opposition team. 

“That is very good because sometimes players need to feel the support of the fans. 

“Conte will bring that passion and that winning mentality and we’re starting to see the results of that.

“Spurs have won their last three games and are in a good position at the moment. They look stronger, they are tighter at the back, which is very important at the beginning (of a manager’s tenure). 

“If you are strong at the back, if you are strong as a team, you know at any time you can score because you’ve got good strikers – the team looks completely different now.”

Conte Brought A Change In Fortunes

Gallas couldn’t put his finger on one specific reason why there has been such a drastic change in performances and results in N17, but attributed the upturn in form to a variety of factors.

“It’s everything, different tactics, a different voice,” he said. 

“He will have explained to the players how to defend when they don’t have the ball. 

“Don’t forget, Conte is Italian so he knows this style better than anyone. 

“Serie A was one of the best leagues because the defenders were very strong – it was really difficult to score against Italian clubs, for the teams I played in. 

“If we talk about tactics, they’re practising every week on how they have to defend as a team. 

“I’m sure Antonio Conte brought his tactics, and I feel that is important as to why Tottenham look better.”

Defensive Frailties

When pressed for an area in which Tottenham could still develop, Gallas highlighted their defence as a weak point in the side.

“I feel it is still the case, in my opinion, they lack world-class defenders,” he explained. 

“However, as I said, they look better and have improved under Conte and are heading in a better direction. 

“If you want to win something, if you want to compete with the best teams, you need to buy world-class players, whatever the position.”




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