Antonio Conte has completed a stunning turnaround by guiding Tottenham Hotspur into the Champions League for next season.
The 5-0 win against Norwich City confirmed their place in the top four, pipping north London rivals Arsenal who finished fifth.
Spurs were eighth and in complete disarray when Conte was hired following the dismissal of Nuno Espirito Santo in November.
When his reign started, Tottenham were arguably fourth favourites for that spot with Manchester United, Arsenal and even West Ham United all mounting challenges – and along with Brighton & Hove Albion, were above Spurs when Conte arrived.
But the former Juventus manager sparked a stunning turnaround which has seen them return to Europe’s premier competition following two seasons away.
Their last appearance was in 2020 under Jose Mourinho’s management when they were beaten by RB Leipzig in last-16, having reached the final the previous campaign with Mauricio Pochettino at the helm.
Conte will be hoping to improve his record in the competition which many of his critics point to when judging his managerial career as a whole.
He has never been past the quarterfinals – with his only appearance in the last eight coming with Juventus in 2012-13 – and in his five appearances with the Bianconeri, Chelsea and Inter, he has only twice made it past the group stage.