Antonio Conte has said he tries to make the most of every minute he spends on the training ground with his Tottenham players.
Arriving in north London in early November as he replaced Nuno Espirito Santo on the hotseat, the new Spurs head coach didn’t really have a good time at Hotspur Way with his team due to a schedule. charge.
Faced with midweek games that limited his training time, the first team area of ââthe Enfield club base was then closed a fortnight ago due to an outbreak of Covid which forced players to work from home.
Having seen his side make great strides on the pitch recently as they have yet to lose in the Premier League under him, Conte stressed the importance of their work as he aims to see them move up a level or two .
“We are doing what we did and will continue to do physical work that matches the tactical work which is very important,” said the 52-year-old. âIf you want to give an identity to your team, you have to work. It takes a lot of work.
âYou can see very well in my month and a half, I had the whole team only for maybe two, three weeks that we played. I try to use every minute that I have to work in. many aspects with the players.
âThis team needs to improve the level and the physical aspect and the tactical aspect if you want to try to be competitive this season.
“I know very well that it is not easy when you enter the season and you haven’t started the season. When you start the season you have three or four weeks to prepare your team but I love to work with these players because they show me great energy, a will and a desire to improve every aspect.
“We are doing it. I have seen the statistics. Our statistics are improving a lot.”
Back on the training ground at Hotspur Way for over a week now, the head coach admitted his players were just happy to be back and playing games again after a fortnight. also frustrating because of Covid.
“Now the feeling in training is good. It’s good,” admitted Conte. âOur players suffered from staying home for 10 days. Some players are doing this in the best way. Others in the worst way.
âWe had players who wanted to play and are now very, very happy. Before, they were very sad because staying home and not doing your job and not coming to practice and seeing your teammates is frustrating.
âNow we’re happy. Now it’s good. Now the situation is good if I compare it to two weeks ago, when we stopped the training session and started again sessions with only 11 , 12 players.
âWe couldn’t have the young players with us and it was very, very difficult to have the training session and to keep the confidence and feel good.
“Now it’s good. We’re in good spirits and ready to replay and face this Christmas time.”
Returning to action with a 2-2 draw against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, Son Heung-min scored his side’s crucial second goal after capitalizing on a big mistake by Alisson.
After watching it on TV in the past, Conte is extremely happy to have the opportunity to work with the South Korean day in and day out.
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“We are talking about a really world-class player,” said the former Juventus boss. âI saw him before I became manager of Tottenham only on TV. He impressed me a lot. But when you have the opportunity to train him and become his manager, you can really see the quality of this player.
“It’s fantastic because he had quality but also run, intensity, resilience too, and I think Sonny is a top player. Not a good player – a top player. level.
“Of course I try to improve him, to help him, but we are talking about a player who is now already at an important level.
“He has to continue down this path and have this anger, this envy, because we need to have ambitious players.
“If you have ambition it means you are never happy with your performance. You always want more, more, more and we need these players to improve the level of Tottenham. Sonny is one of these players. “