After the recent appointment of Antonio Conte, Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to get their Premier League campaign back on track and hopefully, finish in the European places at the end of the season.
Spurs started the season with three wins from three as former boss Nuno Espirito Santo won the Premier League Manager of the Month award for August, but it was all downhill from there, leading to the Portuguese manager being sacked at the beginning of November.
Conte won the Premier League when in charge of Chelsea during the 2016/17 season, and even though the prospect of a Premier League title seems impossible, the manager has the attributes to help get Spurs’ season back on the up as they look to secure a European spot.
With Conte now in charge of an underperforming Spurs side, we decided to simulate the remainder of the Premier League season on Football Manager 2022 to see what could happen at Spurs.
Could Conte help Spurs find their best form? Could the north London side push for a European place? Let’s take a look.
Spurs’ season simulated in FM22
As expected, Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son were the two standout players over the course of the season, with the former edging Son to be the best player at Spurs in the 2021/22 season.
Despite a slow start, Kane eventually found his shooting boots – scoring 29 and assisting eight in all competitions with an average rating of 7.35 per game.
Son was right behind Kane with an average of 7.32 per game, scoring 26 goals and grabbing six assists – the closest player to the duo was Lucas Moura, with the winger scoring nine goals.
At the end of the 2021/22 season, Football Manager 2022 put together an overall best Spurs XI, based on performances, statistics and other metrics.
This is how the best Spurs XI looked in 2021/22 according to FM22.
Full Spurs best XI: Lloris; Emerson, Romero, Sanchez, Reguilon; Ndombele, Hojbjerg, Alli; Lucas, Kane, Son.
So, how did Spurs do in the Premier League and cup competitions?
Spurs’ 2021/22 season results
Here’s how the 2021/22 Premier League table looked at the end of May 2022.
The FM22 simulator predicted that Spurs would once again qualify for the Europa Conference League, finishing in sixth place at the end of the simulation.
Conte’s side finished on 65 points with a +15 goal difference – three more points than last season, and one position higher.
In the cup competitions, Conte came extremely close to leading his side to a trophy as he reached the final of the Europa Conference League, but it wasn’t meant to be, with Spurs being beaten at the final hurdle by an ex-manager.
Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma defeated Spurs 2-0 in the Europa Conference League final, extending Spurs’ period without a trophy to another year. There was no joy for Spurs in the FA Cup either – losing 3-2 to Wolves in the fourth round.
Overall, Conte’s first season in charge saw improvements made to Spurs as they qualified for Europe once again and reached the Europa Conference League, but the Italian boss was unable to lead his side to victory as they go another year without a trophy.
Would you be happy with this outcome at the end of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign? Let us know in the comments below!