The impressive Tottenham record Antonio Conte managed that only Mauricio Pochettino could beat

The Italian lost his job over the weekend, but impressed during his time in north London

An impressive stat has emerged in the wake of Antonio Conte’s departure from Tottenham that suggests that perhaps the Italian was not as bad as first believed while at the helm in north London.

Spurs bid farewell to the former Chelsea coach on Sunday night, writing that:

“We can announce that Head Coach Antonio Conte has left the Club by mutual agreement. We achieved Champions League qualification in Antonio’s first season at the Club. We thank Antonio for his contribution and wish him well for the future.”

It was a departure that had been expected, with a week having passed since Conte’s explosive rant in the wake of his side throwing away a 3-1 lead to draw 3-3 with Southampton, and with the Italian coach looking increasingly disinterested in his role as Spurs head coach.

A stagnant and boring style of football had not been counterbalanced by results, with Spurs having exited the FA Cup and Champions League in meek fashion to Sheffield United and AC Milan respectively, and it did seem as though the writing was on the wall despite Spurs still being on course to finish in the top four once more.

Antonio Conte

Now, however, a stat has revealed just how impressive a job Conte was really doing in north London. As per the Mirror, “Over the course of his 56 Premier League matches as Tottenham manager, Conte averaged 1.88 points per game. Only three managers with 50 or more games since the start of last season could boast a better record over the period: Pep Guardiola (2.37 points per game), Mikel Arteta (2.12) and Jurgen Klopp (2.09).”

In the history of the club’s Premier League story, in fact, only Mauricio Pochettino has bettered that record, earning 1.89 points per game during his stint with the lilywhites.

Perhaps bought in with grander expectations in mind (namely ending their trophy drought) and leaving under a massive cloud of his own making, there can be no doubt that at times, Tottenham were excellent under Antonio Conte.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

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