The current Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, believes that Tottenham Hotspurs have an advantage over his side because of Mauricio Pochettino. Antonio Conte, who is close to winning the Premier League and is scheduled to play Arsenal in the FA Cup Final later this month, said that Mauricio Pochettino has been in charge at Spurs for almost three years and has changed a lot.
"I think Tottenham have an advantage, if you compare Tottenham to Chelsea," said the Italian. This is my first season, and I found a lot of situations, a lot of players. Mauricio Pochettino has been working there for three years and has changed a lot of players and is working very well.”
The former Juventus and Italy boss took charge of Stamford Bridge this season. Chelsea have been nothing short than impressive under his command. If Chelsea wins the game against Middlesbrough tonight, they’ll be seven points clear of the second placed, Spurs.
"In this season, if Chelsea had not performed in this way, Tottenham would win the title without difficulty," Conte said.
Also, Chelsea are in the Final of the FA Cup, and Conte is closing on a double in his debut season. Still, the manager believes that he is new to the league and still has to learn a lot. On the contrary, Pochettino has been at Spurs for three years and has changed a lot of players, and it’s obvious why they are fighting for the title.
Tottenham were Leicester’s main challengers last season before finishing third on the table, and they have been quite impressive this season as well.
Conte said: "This league is very difficult. Every single game you must fight a lot and, I think, also, for this reason, it's not easy to arrive at the end of a European competition.
"It is so clear here, every season will be tougher and tougher to qualify for the Champions League."