Tottenham boss Antonio Conte ‘close to signing set piece expert Gianni Vio’

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Tottenham boss Antonio Conte ‘close to signing set piece expert Gianni Vio’

  • Tottenham reportedly set to land set-piece expert Gianni Vio
  • The 69-year-old has worked in Italy, AC Milan, Brentford, Leeds and Palermo
  • He is believed to have engineered 4,830 set-piece situations for Italy at Euro 2020
  • Antonio Conte keen to add Vio in bid to improve Spurs set-piece success
  • Spurs finished last season with just nine set-piece goals despite scoring 69 in total

Spurs are close to adding set-piece expert Gianni Vio to Antonio Conte’s backroom staff, according to reports.

The 69-year-old was instrumental in Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph which ended in a dramatic penalty shoot-out between England and the Azzurri at Wembley.

After spending more than 20 years mastering his craft, the technical coach is said to have created 4,830 unique dead-ball routines for Robert Mancini during the tournament.

Set piece expert Gianni Vio (right) has held top positions in Italy at Catania, Palermo and Milan

Spurs' Antonio Conte reportedly closing in on 69-year-old in bid to improve set pieces

Spurs’ Antonio Conte reportedly closing in on 69-year-old in bid to improve set pieces

According Athleticism.

The north London club ranked in the bottom half for goals scored from set pieces last season, scoring just nine times in dead-ball situations.

In contrast, champions Manchester City and title chasers Liverpool were the most prolific teams from set pieces, scoring 22 and 19 respectively.

Vio, a former Venetian banker, started as an assistant coach in the lower leagues of Italian football and rose to top positions at Catania, Palermo and AC Milan.

Vio (left) worked in England at Brentford and under Paul Heckingbottom (right) at Leeds

Vio (left) worked in England at Brentford and under Paul Heckingbottom (right) at Leeds

The coach is believed to have devised 4,830 unique set-piece drills for Italy's Euro 2020 winners

The coach is believed to have devised 4,830 unique set-piece drills for Italy’s Euro 2020 winners

In their Serie A debut against Napoli in 2008, Catania won 3-0 and scored two goals from set pieces, one from a well-worked free-kick and another from a corner.

Vio has also previously had stints in England with fellow Premier League sides Brentford and Leeds.

Spurs have been busy in the transfer window so far this summer, signing Yves Bissouma for £25million from Brighton as well as Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster on free offers.

Champions League qualifiers are also on the hunt for Everton striker Richarlison ahead of a potential £60million move, although no deal has yet been finalised.

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