Antonio Conte reveals he will not repeat Nuno Espirito Santo mistake at Tottenham

Antonio Conte has revealed the importance of Tottenham’s Europa Conference League game against NS Mura and what he will do for his starting line-up.

Spurs are currently second in their European group, three points behind table leaders Rennes, who the Lilywhites will play in their final match of the group stages.

The Italian has only been in charge in north London for a few weeks but has already led his side to two victories and a draw, including a 3-2 win against Vitesse, when they played the Dutch side on home turf.

In his pre match press conference, the 52-year-old revealed the clash is an important one but he won’t make the same mistake as Nuno Espirito Santo did.

On Wednesday, Ryan Sessegnon and the Tottenham boss spoke to the media, to preview the game in Slovenia on Thursday.

In the first fixture against Vitesse, Espirito Santo was the man in charge and he chose to leave his strongest XI at home and take a supposed second choice team to Holland.

His risk didn’t pay off as his side lost 1-0 in Arnhem and then lost 1-0 to West Ham, in a game he had saved his most favoured XI for.

Conte has already admitted that this won’t be the same with the Spurs side he is now in charge of.

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“All the players available will come with us,” the Italian said when asked who will travel to Slovenia.

“They must be ready to play against Mura. I said on Sunday that I need to make rotation because there are players that are a bit tired because played many games with the national team and also we worked a lot in the last two weeks.”

“There are other players that need game time,” Conte added.

The 52-year-old has played largely the same squad in all three games in charge so far, apart from two changes he was forced to make against Leeds, due to Oliver Skipp’s suspension and Cristian Romero’s injury.

However, the game in Slovenia could see players like Ryan Sessegnon and Steven Bergwijn get vital game time after returns from injury and a successful international break for the latter.



Ryan Sessegnon also spoke to the media ahead of Tottenham's game against NS Mura on Thursday.
Ryan Sessegnon also spoke to the media ahead of Tottenham’s game against NS Mura on Thursday.

Tottenham have been without silverware for 13 years and the European competition could be their way of ending the trophy drought, despite it not being fans’ first choice of competition to win.

However, Conte has already hinted that it could be a great chance for Spurs to progress and get one step closer to their end product.

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“For us this competition is important,” he said. “We want to take it seriously this fixture and we want to go through to the next step.”

Ahead of the European game, the Italian also spoke about Sessegnon, who returned from injury against Leeds and already admitted that he would be starting the game on Thursday.

“We’re working with him for the past two weeks, now he’s ready to start the game tomorrow,” Conte explained.

“I can’t wait to see his performance because he’s a talented player, very young with great space for improvement.”

“Now it’s important to give him regularity to try to avoid injury and give him the chance to be available for every game,” he added.

The 21-year-old also spoke to the media ahead of Thursday’s clash, explaining what the aims of the coach and the team are.

“We’ve got a coach who’s a winner and that’s his aim – to make sure we’re winning games,” Sessegnon said.

“We’ve got the quality on the pitch, the coach as well and if we bring that together we’ve got a very good squad.

“The aim for us this season is to win games and win trophies.”

Therefore when the Lilywhites face NS Mura, Conte will be expected to make changes, give some players vital game time but ultimately, lead his side to three points to help in their Europa Conference League group.

Source by Football London

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