In many eras, the choice to go to Juventus or Tottenham Hotspur has not been much debated.
Juventus may be the team everyone loves to hate in Italy, but their global fame in the game is with the best players and there is a countless list of world-renowned legends who have played or managed the Turin giants – Zinedine Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo and Michel Platini to name a few. Not limited to three times in different periods.
Juventus have 36 league titles and two Champions League successes – just in case you need the silver to bolster their pedigree.
Antonio Conte has been linked with a return to Juventus, which he left as coach after a successful stint in 2014 after winning the Italian league title for three consecutive seasons.
Conte is also one of the legends of the Italian club as he played between 1991 and 2004
Tottenham, of course, is a big club in its own right as well, but two league titles, two UEFA Cups and the European Cup Winners’ Cup are the best in their cupboard – we don’t compare like here. Deciding where you want to go and advance your career as a professional should be a fairly simple choice.
For Antonio Conte, it’s arguably easier. Presenting a proud Italian with a potential return to the Allianz Stadium where he won eight Serie A times as a player and manager, as well as the Champions League during his days in midfield, should not require a moment’s reflection on his assessment. and options.
Conte has recently been linked with a return to Juventus, which he left in 2014 after winning the Italian league for three consecutive years to take charge of the Italian national team. He has less than a year to fight his current Tottenham deal, so his ties to the north side of London are tenuous.
But despite all this, Conte must be crazy to leave the project he’s been on at Spurs to get back to the old lady, who seems to be collapsing in a storm of chaos.
Juventus have been faltering in recent seasons, and in Max Allegri, another former Turin favorite who returned last year after two years in a bid to revive their fortunes, they have faltered in Serie A.
With seven games finished, they have won only twice and are eighth – disastrous for Juventus – and are already seven points behind Napoli and Atalanta. In the Champions League they lost both of their opening matches.
Juventus started the season disastrously with just two victories out of seven matches
Max Allegri struggled in his second spell with Juventus after returning last summer
Of course it’s still early in the season, but alarm bells were ringing at the weekend when they were beaten 1-0 by Monza, who are playing in Serie A for the first time in their history.
While there was no indication Allegri was about to become a victim of the first season in Turin, reports in Italy suggest that Conte is “open” to a Juventus return.
Conte has returned to Turin, in the city where his wife and daughter still live, relaxing at his home in Liguria during the international break before diving back into Spurs’ commitments.
In fact, part of the allure of returning to his homeland is spending more time with his family. This would be a strong draw for the Spurs boss to come home to – even if he is enjoying his stay in London.
Conte previously said he has an ‘unfinished business’ at Juventus and is the first choice of the club’s board of directors, which includes his former team-mate Pavel Nedved.
Nedved is a big fan of Conte and has tried to bring him back to Turin. Conte remains popular on the Juventus board but will have to mend ties with Andrea Agnelli after a controversial incident where he raised his middle finger to the club’s president last year.
Juventus president Andrea Agnelli (left) got into a heated discussion with Inter director Antonio Conte (right) in which he told his former employee to ‘shut up and shut up’.
The Juventus board hopes that Conte and Agnelli can rebuild a previous positive relationship
Conte made the offensive gesture during a Coppa Italia match while in charge of Juventus’ rivals Inter Milan, but got away with a post-match investigation.
The Italian RAI outlet reported that Conte made the middle finger gesture at Agnelli in the first half and then followed the full-time whistle. The jubilant Juve president sprinted from his seat down toward the bench and was heard shouting: “Shit, shut the hell up on you.”
Agnelli and Conte’s relationship has been bitter since Conte decided to leave, and this is a major hurdle to overcome if the Spurs boss returns to Turin.
But this is only one of many reasons why a Juventus comeback is unwise.
The team is nowhere near the level he left behind nearly a decade ago. The Bianconeri are now an aging team in need of fresh blood, with superstars including Leonardo Bonucci in the final years of their careers.
Conte’s high demands and his training sessions will likely do more harm than good to the current team he would be willing to take on. There are still team gems likely to thrive under Conte’s tutelage, including Philippe Costek and star striker Federico Chiesa.
Conte will have to rebuild Juventus if he returns, with a few stars available to him outside of Philippe Costek (left) and star striker Federico Chiesa (right).
It’s also possible that Conte will earn big salaries to join Juventus. He earns about 30 per cent more than Allegri, and the club’s accounts are already shaky. They would surely be stressed quite a bit if they matched his wages at Tottenham, which would cost nearly £8m a year, including his backroom team – among the most expensive in Europe.
The feeling is that Juventus can no longer guarantee a very high salary budget for the coach, and this financial problem could be a serious obstacle to Conte’s possible return.
He expects the best financial deal as one of the best managers of the game. Juventus should be available to negotiate a two-year agreement, but they may also have to take into account a greater demand for salary from Conte, whose financial expectations tend to increase with each team he takes charge.
It’s not just Agnelli that Conte will have to mend ties with either, as elements of the fandom also despise him.
The department that Conte hates has grown since he chose to accept a role at Inter. His return to Turin may be affected by this “original sin” but it can be overcome as always with an impressive string of instant victories that should allow Conte to restore the appeal of Juventus fans in general.
But it’s not about what he’ll have in common, but also what he can leave behind.
Conte got into big fanfare after arriving at Tottenham Hotspur in November 2021
Since then, Conte has transformed the club’s fortunes and led them to the Champions League
Conte’s tally was already high in England before joining Spurs having previously won the Premier League title with Chelsea in 2017. Spurs were in crisis when he arrived in November after sacking his predecessor Nuno Espirito Santo after a poor start to the season.
By the end of the year, Conte had trained his team so well that they became one of the 2022 teams, rewarding them with a return to the Champions League after finishing fourth.
The fact that they did so at the expense of their rival Arsenal made it even sweeter for the fans, who unlike a portion of Juventus fans almost agreed to admire the Italian, regularly singing his name in matches.
Conte’s squad clicks, with Tottenham enjoying one of their best starts to the Premier League season in which they sit in third place with an impressive 17 points after seven games.
Like the fans, Conte is highly regarded by his squad including stars like Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, and his methods on and off the field seem to get the best out of his players.
Dejan Kulusevsky has already said that he is ready to “take on” Conte’s high demands.
Dejan Kulusevsky hailed Conte as a winner and praised him for his training methods
“When I came here, training here was a lot different than in Italy – in a very good way,” he said after arriving in January.
People work faster, and everything goes faster to try to make us stronger. So it was very good because that’s what I need – I need to feel my body alive so I can think faster with my head.
“He has very good training, very good tactics, his crew are great, he works a lot, he explains things, if you don’t understand them, he explains it again.
“Having Conte is a very, very good thing. He’s a winner and I want to be a winner, so I think I’m on the right side.
Conte also enjoys a fruitful relationship with club president Daniel Levy, who backed the Italian with £150m over the summer facilitating the signings of players such as Richarlison and Yves Bisuma, and permanent access to defender Christian Romero. .
Conte is also very popular among the Tottenham fan base as he approaches one year at the club
This does not forget the Italian links between him and Levi as well, with former Juventus manager Fabio Barracci the director of football at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Replacing it all with what would be pandemonium at the Allianz Arena without a guarantee of success does not seem to be wise in career moves.
Tottenham may not have the history of Juventus, but at the moment they have the advantage in almost every area. Choosing Tottenham or Juventus is not just a big debate.