Emerson Royal reveals Antonio Conte’s Tottenham ambition and ‘suffering’ to taste success


Emerson Royal has sung the praises of Antonio Conte, just a few weeks after his arrival in north London, and has revealed what the Italian’s ambitions are.

Conte has been in charge of three games at Tottenham so far and has led his new side to two wins and a draw, as Spurs travel to Slovenia for a Europa Conference League game on Thursday.

Royal has occupied the right wing-back role and started all of the Italian’s games so far, and with his past experience as both a winger and right-back, he has been able to adapt to the position.

With Japhet Tanganga being played in a back three against Leeds, the Brazilian may only have Matt Doherty to compete with for his position in Conte’s starting XI.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Royal revealed that Conte has made an instant impact, which can only be a positive for the Lilywhites.

“Conte arrived with a really competitive mentality,” the 22-year-old said. “That’s not a criticism of the previous manager. He’s teaching us all to give everything.”

The Italian is a serial winner, finding success and winning league titles at Chelsea, Juventus and Inter Milan and he will be hoping he can find that same success in north London.

The Brazilian also made a big statement about the Italian’s ambitions in the capital.

“From day one he was very clear with us. In his opinion, Tottenham Hotspur can win trophies and can beat anyone,” Royal admitted.

“There is nothing that can stop us from doing that and that is a mentality we have to get into our head.”

Spurs still have plenty of opportunities to win silverware this season, with the chance to progress to the next round of the Europa Conference League, a quarter-final Carabao Cup game against West Ham to play and the FA Cup – once they enter the competition – and all could help them end their 13-year trophy drought.

The Lilywhites’ action in the European competition continues on Thursday, when they take a trip to Slovenia and play NS Mura, who they beat 5-1 on home turf, but they need another win to help them secure qualification from the group.



Emerson Royal already has praise for Antonio Conte.
Emerson Royal already has praise for Antonio Conte.

Conte is known for his regimented structure and tough training, which he has already began to implement and Royal has explained what he has learnt so far.

“Everyone in the team has an important role in the system we are playing. I have to be aggressive when I’m attacking,” he said.

“Going forward I always try to look for Harry Kane but when there is a goal scorer like him he can be marked by one or two defenders. It’s not easy but I’m always looking for him.”

So far this season, Royal has made nine Premier League appearances and in that time he has made 34 crosses, with 62% success, made 28 clearances and 50 recoveries.

In attack, he has made 25 crosses with just 12% accuracy and only six long balls, indicating that his attacking flare down the right flank could still do with some work.

However, the defender has admitted he is always looking for the England captain when he gets into the attacking third and with some improvement in offensive positions, that could help the likes of Kane with receiving more service in the oppositions box.

“We are learning what it means to suffer! We know that Conte is super competitive and if we suffer that is the path to success,” the 22-year-old added.

Tottenham’s 2-1 win against Leeds included a poor first-half display and the Lilywhites had to work hard to get three points from Marcelo Beilsa’s side, which may be the type of games Royal is alluding to.

Doherty has experience in a right wing-back position, during his time at Wolves and could cause some competition with the Brazilian, if he impresses the new Tottenham boss when given the chance.

However, for now, Royal just needs to keep working hard and improving the parts of his game that need it, to make sure his position in Conte’s starting XI isn’t in danger.





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