Tottenham are through to the Champions League round of 16, but Antonio Conte’s poor record will give fans little hope of going much further.
Spurs are back in the first knockout stage of the competition for the first time since 2019, where they were beaten 4-0 on aggregate by RB Leipzig.
After two seasons out of the top European competition, they marked their return by finishing first in the group.
However, it was no easy task, and they were 45 minutes from heading to the Europa League when they trailed 1-0 in Marseille.
Two late goals secured their progress and the north London club will now be eagerly awaiting to find out their opponents in the next round.
Conte is especially hoping for a good draw, so he can win his first Champions League knockout game since March 2013.
That’s not a typo… the Italian hasn’t really won a knockout game in almost a decade.
The then Juventus manager beat Celtic 2-0 and then 3-0 in the round of 16, before losing both quarter-final games to Bayern Munich in the next round.
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The following year, Juve finished third in their group and were relegated to the Europa League.
While managing Chelsea in the 2017/18 season, he was eliminated by Barcelona when they drew 1-1 and lost 3-0.
In successive seasons for Inter Milan between 2019 and 2021, he failed to make it out of their Champions League group.
Conte’s last knockout win was so long ago that Harry Kane hadn’t even scored a Premier League goal for Tottenham.
That didn’t come until the 2013/14 season, and since then he has scored 193 top-flight goals for the club.
It’s been a while…
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