Tottenham is still a work in progress, but Antonio Conte enjoys nothing more than putting in long hours.

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Tottenham are still very much a work in progress, but Antonio Conte is a man who enjoys putting in long hours.

Spurs came from behind to win against Leeds thanks to goals from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Sergio Reguilon, but it was far from convincing.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STADIUM — It was unfortunate timing for the words “Take it to the Edge” to spread around the stadium on the digital hoardings that separate each tier, as Tottenham were pinned back by relegation-threatened Leeds and wondering if they would ever have another shot on target in the Premier League.

Spurs had gone four hours without scoring in league play, a run that included a goalless draw with Everton, a 3-0 loss to Manchester United, and a 1-0 loss to West Ham.

And in the here and now, in the crisp autumn air, Spurs fans greeted new manager Antonio Conte with a warm welcome before watching their team play 45 minutes of dreadful football.

When a Spurs player was within 40 yards of Leeds’ goal, the speculative shouts of “shoot!” took on a new urgency.

Conte, on the other hand, is a proven winner who has a track record of taking over struggling clubs and turning them into champions.

This isn’t the first time he’s seen something like this.

Chelsea had finished the season in 10th place with 50 points prior to Conte’s arrival, but he walked into west London and turned them into 93-point champions.

He arrived in Turin to take over a Juventus team that had just finished seventh in the league with 58 points.

They were 84-point winners a year later.

It took him two seasons at Inter Milan, but when he walked into the San Siro, Inter had finished fourth with 69 points.

They were 91-point champions by the time Conte was finished with them.

Clearly, the Spurs pose a greater threat.

But it isn’t going to happen overnight.

Even at Chelsea, Conte got off to a slow start, with a few late wins, a draw with Swansea, and defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal before the rumblings started.

On Sunday, he faced a Leeds side that looked nothing like a team teetering on the brink of relegation.

They were well-organized, well-drilled, and self-assured in both offensive and defensive situations.

Marco Bielsa gave a full Premier League debut to nineteen-year-old Joe Gelhardt, who played with the fearlessness of youth:

News summary from Infosurhoy in the United Kingdom.

Tottenham are still a work in progress, but Antonio Conte enjoys nothing more than putting in long hours.

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