AWelcome to our live coverage of the first match in the era of Tottenham’s Antonio Conte – which would otherwise be a pretty trivial clash against Vitesse in the European Conference League.
The return fixture between these two sides spelled the start of the final for Nuno Espirito Santo’s fateful time at Tottenham.
His decision to leave the initial line-up of the club’s previous Premier League match at home effectively created a two-tier system within his squad.
And Tottenham fans’ furious reaction to the dismal 3-0 loss against Manchester United was the final nail in the Portuguese’s coffin – as exclusively revealed by Telegraph Sport’s Matt Law, who was first to report that Nuno was on the verge and Spurs regarded Conte as his successor.
Spurs superior Daniel Levy wasted no time in getting his man, convincing Conte – who turned down the opportunity to take over as head coach in the summer – that the time was right to sign on the dotted line.
We had all the aftermath of the game of executive music chairs during this week, including:
On the latter point, Conte is known to favor a back-to-back trio, so it will be interesting to see if he picks directly for that formation in tonight’s game after just overseeing a few training sessions.
Considering Nuno has treated this contest as a hindrance, it will also be interesting to see how strong Conte goes with his starting XI tonight. You’d imagine he’d want to see most of the big batsmen – and judge what reaction he gets in his first game in charge – but we’ll see.
We’ll have all the team news and build before tonight’s game (which starts on the 20th) and then live updates everywhere.