Live In Focus: Perisic is ready-made to Spur on Conte’s revolution

Ivan Perisic has reunited with former boss Antonio Conte — and the duo will be targeting more success together at Tottenham. 

The former Inter Milan star won the Scudetto in 2020-21 under the Italian tactician, having picked up two other league titles and a Champions League across his long career. 

And Spurs supporters will be hoping that the 33-year-old can bring that winning mentality to North London. 

Ahead of Croatia’s Nations League clash with France tonight, we take a look at how Perisic will fit in at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Conte conversion

For most of his career, Perisic was a left winger. 

That is until he met Conte, who insisted on converting him into a left wing-back — loaning the veteran out for a season until he agreed to the switch. 

Speaking last year, the 52-year-old coach explained his management of Perisic’s situation and analysed the player’s qualities. 

He said: “We sent Perisic to Bayern [Munich] because he was not prepared to do the defending work I had asked for. He returned with a different mentality

“I asked him the same things as last season, but he showed that he has extraordinary characteristics and needs to believe in himself more. 

“The moment he started doing that, he started to play. He can be even more decisive. 


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