How the PL table would look if it began when Tottenham hired Conte

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Antonio Conte, Tottenham Manager, November 2021

Since replacing Nuno Espirito Santo in the Tottenham dugout, Antonio Conte has shown why he’s regarded as one of the best managers in the world. 

Conte, who won the Serie A title with Inter Milan in 2020-21, rejected the chance to take over at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last summer.

Spurs then hired Nuno Espirito Santo, who oversaw a poor start to the season and was sacked after just 10 Premier League games.

Despite being linked with Manchester United, Conte accepted Tottenham’s offer in November and took over a team that were ninth in the Premier League.

He’s since helped most of their players rediscover their best form and also signed Rodrigo Bentancur and Dujan Kulusevski in the January transfer window.

Spurs have still had some difficult moments under the Italian and lost three consecutive Premier League games earlier this year.

But they’ve made plenty of progress in recent weeks and the 3-2 win away against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City has been the highlight of Conte’s tenure.

“In this moment now I have great confidence,” Conte told Sky Sports earlier this month. “My feeling is good because I’m seeing great improvement.

“We are working very hard in these five months [that he’s been in charge] but now I’m starting to see great improvement of my team in many aspects: not only on the pitch but also outside, with the mentality.

“I think we’re preparing to have another step and it will be very important to finish the season in the best possible way to continue to give us the confidence and to continue to believe in the work we’re doing.”

Tottenham are currently fourth in the Premier League table as they look to finish above Arsenal and secure Champions League football.

We’ve taken a look at how the Premier League table would look if it began when Conte was appointed by Tottenham. Note: all teams have played 20 league games unless it’s stated otherwise.

1. Manchester City – 53 points
2. Liverpool – 50 points
3. Tottenham – 39 points 
4. Arsenal – 37 points (18 games played)
5. Chelsea – 34 points (GD +12) (19 games played)
6. Manchester United – 34 points (GD +4)
7. Wolves – 33 points (21 games played)
8. West Ham United – 31 points (21 games played)
9. Newcastle United – 27 points
10. Aston Villa – 26 points 

11. Southampton – 25 points 
12. Leicester City – 23 points (18 games played)
13. Crystal Palace – 22 points (19 games played)
14. Brentford – 21 points (21 games played)
15. Leeds – 20 points (21 games played)
16. Brighton – 18 points 
17. Norwich – 16 points
18. Burnley – 14 points (18 games played)
19. Watford –  12 points 
20. Everton – 11 points (18 games played)

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