Antonio Conte will unite Tottenham into the ‘difficult to beat’ team that Nuno couldn’t, says Martin Keown

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Antonio Conte will unite Tottenham into the ‘difficult to beat’ team that Nuno couldn’t, says Martin Keown
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Antonio Conte will prove a sharp contrast to Nuno Espirito Santo at Tottenham - with results to match, says Martin Keown.

The former Arsenal and England defender expects the incoming Spurs boss to change the system and promptly turn the lacklustre team into a sharp, well-drilled outfit.

Speaking to Standard Sport while promoting the FA and McDonald’s Fun Football Hub, Keown noted: “When he went into Chelsea he was very pragmatic, he went to a back-five as he did a lot the time at Juventus and Inter Milan, that was his signature.

“It’s interesting because Nuno never did it, and did it at Wolves but wanted to go away from it.

“I think that suddenly everybody will know their roles and responsibilities in that team. That’s the system he knows well and can demonstrate it more than any other.

“They will probably be a whole lot more difficult to beat and remember what he did at Chelsea was win the league in the first season that [Pep] Guardiola arrived at Manchester City.

“So he makes things happen quickly. And they’re only two points behind Arsenal, five behind Man City.”

The departure of Nuno was little surprise to Keown, who watched his old side turn over Tottenham with ease at Emirates Stadium in September. Such performances sealed the manager’s fate after only four months in charge.

“Nuno lost his job because of the manner of his performances,” he added.

“In the derby games he didn’t seem to understand what was required - too passive, not taking charge of matches, and it became toxic.

“They won their first three games of the season so it really has been a fall from grace.

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“Not a single shot on target against United was hugely disappointing. And when Lucas Moura was taken off you could see the anger all around the manager.

“Did they really believe in him? Giving him only four months in the job, having had quite a few other targets before he took the job, it was always going to be difficult if he went through a bad run of results.”

An upturn in form for Spurs will certainly get fans back out their seats and McDonald’s Fun Football ambassador Keown wants kids to spend the winter honing their skills with new online sessions launched by the scheme.

Keown said: “I was quite a visual learner and if I saw someone doing it I could copy it, so I would’ve loved to have had this hub back when I was young.

“The amount of children who are inspired watching players like Saka and wondering how they can copy them at home can now access the hub and try out their new skills in their back garden.”

Martin Keown is an ambassador for McDonald’s Fun Football programme. Go to mcdonalds.co.uk/football for fun video challenges you can recreate at home to keep your kids active.

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