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Antonio Conte insists Chelsea, Man Utd and others have ‘big advantage’ over Tottenham | Football

Antonio Conte believes Spurs are still fighting the Premier League chances (Picture: Getty Images)

Antonio Conte says Tottenham are at a major disadvantage compared to Chelsea and Manchester United, who have spent huge sums in the transfer window, something Spurs have not done to the same extent.

It’s been a pretty busy transfer window for Tottenham, adding the likes of Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic and Clement Lenglet.

However, Conte was keen to point out that only Richarlison and Bissouma justified transfer fees, while their rivals were more generous with the money.

Manchester United have invested heavily in the likes of Antony, Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro, while Chelsea have spent heavily on Wesley Fofana, Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly.

Conte reckons it can hardly be described as a level playing field and while he’s happy with the squad he has at Spurs, he insists it’s a process far from over as they try to compete with teams around them and catch up with the above you.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Conte said: “Honestly, if you sign a player for £100m or £80m on the final day, you have a huge advantage because that means you’re signing a top player , Do you understand? You can also sign a player for free or on loan and it’s a different situation.

“I want to be very clear. I think we did what we could do and at the right time because the vision was very clear about how much money to spend, whether we got the free players or loaned them out because then we have money for two players issued, Richarlison and then (Yves) Bissouma.

“The others were on loan or free, but definitely having a vision and giving the coach the opportunity to work from the start. I think that means we work very well with a vision, very clear, and not wait until the last day that a player goes on loan or signs a player whose qualities are not good for our team.

“I repeat, we are going the right way to invest money at this moment of the club. Then we have to be realistic to understand that there are different clubs. Clubs that can invest a lot of money, other clubs that can invest normal money.

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Spurs spent £60m on Richarlison and £25m on Yves Bissouma this summer (Image: AMA/Getty Images)

“Certainly, the path is more difficult from this point of view, but we want to keep improving. We’re working very well, I’m happy to have this group of players, this squad, the new players are fully in the team, in the dressing room.

“We did the right things, but if anyone thinks we’ve closed the situation, we’re far from it.”

Spurs are doing pretty well this season, sitting third with three wins and two draws from their first five games.

Conte is expected to extend that unbeaten streak when they host Fulham on Saturday afternoon.

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