Antonio Conte has been credited with the development of Cristian Romero this season and the Argentinian has been helped to reach the top under the Italian’s management should he stay after this season.
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Spurs manager Antonio Conte worked with both defenders throughout his career and is credited for helping them reach world class.
And after impressing since returning from injury at the start of the year, Romero has been backed to reach the potential of Italy’s top players if he continues to thrive under Conte.
The 52-year-old’s future at the club after this season remains bleak but if he stays, he has been backed up to transform his Argentinian centre-back into one of the best in the world. Premier League.
And talk to Genting Casino Woodgate is certain that Romero will “learn more” from Conte but Spurs must ensure he stays this season if he reaches those heights.
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Woodgate said: “I know he is still young, 23 years old, the Argentina international. I like when he tries to defend with his front foot.
“He’s aggressive, he wants to try and win the ball when he goes to the striker, and that’s what I like my defense to do. I don’t like defenders who have to be benched, I want them to be aggressive.
“That’s what I like about him. He will get better with a manager by Conte’s standards. A manager who has worked with Bonucci, Chiellini, these are the top players we are talking about, and I am sure he will learn a lot more from Conte. I like him. ”
Conte has selected a defender three times this season since his appointment and Romero has been a key part of that since his return from injury, alongside Eric Dier.
Spurs had operated with a back four before Conte arrived, with the likes of Davinson Sanchez and Japhet Tanganga also being drafted to partner Dier in the midfield.
But the Italians have stuck with three defenders Romero, Dier and Ben Davies in recent times, and although the group shuffle has something to do with Spurs’ inconsistency, Woodgate feels otherwise.
He said: “These players are Premier League players at the end of the day, and Antonio Conte is coming and he is trying to find his best team. He took a bit of time like any manager.
“And because the performance was inconsistent, he might be thinking (in terms of some players) one week he can be very good, the next week he’s not so good, what do I do?
“He had to try and find time to find that consistency, and it wasn’t easy. But I wouldn’t say that packet shuffling contributed. Losing Romero and Dier to injury was a factor, and it wasn’t down to him shuffling the group, but to them being injured.
“I think when they play Dier and Romero, they look stronger, and they have Davies on the left wing to bring that balance, they look stronger in that area.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/tottenham-romero-conte-bonucci-chiellini-26443212 Tottenham's Cristian Romero has backed to recreate the world-beating duo if Antonio Conte stays