Antonio Conte shown up by Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou

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Antonio Conte is being shown up by current Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou in more ways than one following Spurs’ incredible start to the season. The Lilywhites secured their sixth Premier League victory of the campaign on Saturday and moved to the top of the table as they dispatched Luton 1-0 at Kenilworth Road. Tottenham are still unbeaten in the top-flight under the Australian and have 20 points to their name following their latest result.

Conte has a reputation for being one of the best managers in world football after enjoying successful spells at the likes of Chelsea, Inter Milan and Juventus. And his teams have been known for their formidable defensive displays. But the Italian’s spell at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was a miserable one as Spurs flattered to deceive time and time again.

Before the 54-year-old was sacked in March, Tottenham were awful at the back as teams sliced them open like a knife through butter. And, incredibly, the team’s defensive woes have now been solved by one of the most attacking managers on the planet.

Under Postecoglou, Spurs have conceded an average of just one goal per match and have already kept three clean sheets. And that’s despite the fact the former Celtic boss gives his team the license to attack at will, with the Lilywhites bagging 18 goals in their eight Premier League matches.

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Not only has Postecoglou improved his team’s output at both ends of the pitch, but he has also helped individual players reach their top levels. World Cup-winning centre-back Cristian Romero was one player who struggled for form under Conte as the goals flew in at the wrong end of the pitch. But under his new boss, he has been one of the best defenders in England.

And the player’s team-mate Destiny Udogie paid tribute to the Argentina international in the aftermath of the Luton victory. “I think Cuti is a real leader,” the Italian said. “You feel real safe with Cuti and he shows this every day in training and in the games and he helps us a lot.”

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Meanwhile, Postecoglou has insisted his team deserved to leapfrog Manchester City in the table ahead of the Citizens’ clash with Arsenal on Sunday. “We’re top of the table because we’ve played some good football, been consistent and overcome some big challenges,” the Aussie explained.

“That’s where we are at the moment but we’re still building. We’re still trying to build a team and a way of playing and our target is to improve. If we can improve on what we’ve done so far then we’ll see where that takes us.”

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