AS Roma and Tottenham Spurs will play a friendly match before the start of the new season. Antonio Conte praised the manager of Roma, with whom he has many similarities. "We have a mutual respect and our histories in football speak for us," Conte said on Mourino, as quoted by eurosport.
Roma and Tottenham have a similar philosophy and the goal of both teams is to find themselves at the top of the table. It is obvious that both teams want to change the influence in their leagues and will give their maximum to achieve their goals.
"Now everything is good and tomorrow for sure there will be a hug between us.
"I think I'm seeing a similar situation between Roma and Tottenham because both clubs want to build, to go step by step to fight against a team that in the past dominated in Italy, Juventus and also one season Inter Milan.
For us City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United.
"It's a good comparison because we have the same target."
Antonio Conte on his goals
Conte is a patient manager and is aware that it will take time to turn Tottenham into a giant that can compete with all the European giants.
"As I've said before, our project, our plan is to try to become competitive, more than the past," Conte explained. "But you know very well that in football you build something important in one day, one month, one year you have go step by step and try to increase the quality, increase the number of players in your squad.
"Don't forget that when a team stay in the top four and play European games you need to face four competitions in the best possible way.
"To do this you need a good squad with good quality.
We are trying to do this but we have just started this process. The Spurs have a young team with great prospects. This season too, the focus will be on young players and team building. What is important is that they ensured their appearance in the Champions League.
"Last season I think we worked very well to reach a place in the Champions League. We have to continue with the club to build with the players, to continue to improve them. They have a lot of space for improvement.
"This is a young team and we can work for many years together to improve and fight with the best teams in England and in Europe."