Antonio Conte confesses Premier League meeting felt like ‘waste of time’

By Piyush


Antonio Conte states Thursday’s meeting with the Premier League was a ‘waste of time’.

Player welfare and fixture list crowding were among some of the uneasiness of managers and coaches heading into a special meeting with the Premier League.

Queried how he felt it went, Conte stated: “I have to be honest I think that it was a meeting where we tried to speak, and some coaches tried to speak and ask about solutions.”

“But I think that everything was decided. And I think yesterday was a wall, and for this reason also I don’t want to go into the discussion.”

Thumbed on whether he felt it was a waste of time, Conte said: “I think so. Because when you have a wall in front of you, you can ask and speak about what you want, but every decision was taken.”

Spurs had a Covid-19 breakout at the club earlier this month which led to three games in all competitions being cancelled. Conte said he was concerned about player tiredness if those who have recovered to play twice in three days.

“It is not easy for us, it is not easy for all the teams to play after only one day, and it’s not simple. You have to manage the situation very well because of the risk of losing players to injuries,” Conte appended.

“We have to pay great attention, especially my team. Don’t forget we had half our squad (out) with Covid… When you get Covid, then you have to live with this situation for two to three weeks after you are finished with Covid.”

“If there is someone that has a bit of fatigue, it will be very important to have a good chat with the players because we have to manage this period.”

Conte stated the players who were out due to the recent breakout are all now back in training ahead of the Boxing Day visit of Crystal Palace, with only Cristian Romero and Ryan Sessegnon currently on the bench.


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