Antonio Conte has already had a huge impact at Tottenham and is free to start official work with the club after receiving his work visa.
Conte was appointed as Nuno Espirito Santo’s managerial replacement earlier this week in a move that really could cure the north London club of their Spursiness.
The Italian has been an onlooker at training since Tuesday, unable to begin official employment in the country as he waited for a work permit to be approved.
That process has now been completed and Conte will be in the dugout against Vitesse in the Europa Conference League on Thursday, before Sunday’s trip to Everton.
He has also taken charge of his first training sessions, although his influence was already being felt beforehand.
The Daily Telegraph report that ‘even though Conte was only watching, Tuesday’s session was said to have been the most intense the squad has been put through in weeks’.
In an article that states Conte has made it ‘clear there will be no rest under him,’ it is added that he ‘immediately moved to start healing the divide in the squad’ by informing every member of the squad ‘that he will treat them all equally’.
Remember when Tottenham players relished the ‘step up in intensity’ during training under Nuno?
He issued a ‘warning there will be no favourites,’ while pledging to ‘do everything in his power to improve each and every one of them as long as they give him everything.’
Conte spoke in English to the players, who ‘were said to be “buzzing”‘ and taken aback by the manager’s ‘aura’.
In a prior message to the fans, the Premier League-winning coach promised to “repay this trust” and “play good football and attractive football”.
“The fans deserve to have a competitive team with a will to fight. I’ll do everything to deserve their support.
“Tottenham is an important club in England and around the world. The stadium and training ground are wonderful. The club and Daniel Levy wanted me strongly. This is a good opportunity, an honour to accept and become the manager.
“I have seen the training ground and I want to start work. These situations push you and increase the desire to do something important for the fans.”
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