Tottenham boss Antonio Conte says he wants to win the EFL Cup (Outright – Tottenham 4/1, Chelsea 7/4F) but insists his side have room for improvement before they start thinking about trophies.
On Wednesday, Conte makes his first return to Stamford Bridge (Match betting – Chelsea 19/20, draw 5/2, Tottenham 11/4) since leaving in 2018 after a successful two-year stint in West London.
He won the Premier League at the first attempt in 2017 while he also scored cup success in 2018, winning the FA Cup that season.
The Italian was brought to Spurs two months ago to replace Nuno Espirito Santo after he was sacked following a bad start to the season.
Conte has instilled some steeliness in the side, and they haven’t lost a Premier League game in eight under his watch so far.
Spurs are looking to end their trophy hoodoo which has lasted 13 years since, ironically, they beat Chelsea in the 2008 League Cup final.
They face Chelsea in the semi-final first leg on Wednesday with the return fixture in a week’s time.
While Conte says he hopes to win the competition, he admits that a building process needs to be followed before they become serious contenders.
“It’s always very important to win trophies – for the club, for the players, for the managers,” said Conte
“On one hand, I have to say this. On the other, you have to build to win trophies. You can’t win trophies by speaking and saying you want to win.
“You have to build something. At this moment, Chelsea is more ready than us to win. They won the Champions League last season, while we have a lot of space for improvement, to be a team with aspirations to win.”