Tottenham boss Antonio Conte says qualifying for the Champions League was like winning a trophy.
Spurs secured a fourth place finish in the Premier League this season after a resounding 5-0 victory against bottom-running club Norwich City on Sunday.
Victory was secured thanks to Harry Kane’s header and braces from Dejan Kulusevski and Son Heung-min.
Son’s brace saw him win the Premier League Golden Boot alongside Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah after the pair finished with 23 goals each.
Conte has overseen an impressive turnaround since taking over from Nuno Espirito Santo in November.
Spurs were eighth in the table then, but a strong second half of the campaign saw them finish with 71 points – a tally only bettered in the previous three Premier League seasons (86 in 2016-17, 77 in 2017-18 and 72 in 2012-13).
“I haven’t won a trophy this season like in the past, but if I’m honest to get a Champions League place given how difficult the situation was in November, I have to consider it a very big achievement” , did he declare. a press conference.
“After two years, Tottenham can play again in the Champions League. For me, it’s a trophy and I’m very happy.
“To become very good and compete for something big, you have to improve in many aspects. I only know one word and that is work, work, work.
“Everyone has to follow the right path in this process. Of course, we have to improve a lot. Next season the league will be very difficult for all teams.”
Conte, who has signed a contract until the end of the 2022-23 campaign, said he would need a few days to collect his thoughts before making sure his ambitions are in line with those of the club’s hierarchy.
“I’m under contract until next summer,” he added. “I signed a contract for one year and seven months. I really enjoyed my time at Tottenham.
“It was a big challenge at a modern club, with a fantastic stadium and training ground and I knew what situation I was going to find.
“On the other hand, you know that I am a person with ambition and I like to fight for something important, to lift trophies. I have always told you that at the end of the season , I would talk to the club and find the best solution.
“Now I think for me, the club and my players, I think it’s good to have three, four or five days off and then the mind will be clear and then you can consider the whole season and be calm before speaking.
“Now there are a lot of emotions for me in my mind.”