By Tam McManus

25th Oct, 2022 | 11:00am

Tottenham facing 'real scramble' as Antonio Conte quotes emerge - pundit

Tam McManus has claimed Tottenham will be part of a “real scramble” for the top four Premier League places.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Hibernian striker said that even with injuries to key players, Spurs still have a squad capable of challenging at the top of the table.

Antonio Conte is currently missing Cristian Romero, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Dejan Kulusevski and summer signing Richarlison through injury.

All four were absent for the Lilywhites’ 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday (23 October).

The loss marked the second defeat in a row for Spurs following a 2-1 loss to Man United last Wednesday (19 October).

Speaking to the BBC after the defeat to Newcastle (23 October), Conte said his side need time, patience and money.

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The Spurs boss added that there is not enough depth in his squad to compete in the Premier League and Champions League.

But McManus claimed that even with the players they have missing, Tottenham are still a force to be reckoned with.

Even with the players missing, the likes of Richarlison, they have still got a pretty decent squad of players,” he told Football Insider.

The stadium has obviously taken a lot of the financial power out of backing the manager. But they have got a squad that is capable of finishing in the top four. I think it is going to be a real scramble now.

There are two spots up for grabs in the top four and it could go to any number of teams.”

In other news, Antonio Conte has been told to make ‘adventurous’ change after Tottenham latest – ‘he has to do this’, says pundit.