Tottenham boss Antonio Conte blasts ‘unfair’ rescheduling of matches ahead of huge Arsenal clash… and claims the Gunners managed to get north London derby postponed in January ‘when they didn’t have one participant with Covid’
- Antonio Conte says Spurs have come out worst in rescheduling of Arsenal clash
- Conte hit out at his aspect having to play on Thursday evening and Sunday at noon
- Spurs host their north London rivals earlier than entertaining struggling Burnley
- Conte feels Spurs ought to have paid higher consideration to the rescheduled derby
Antonio Conte says Tottenham have been unfairly handled by the Premier League’s mid-season Covid postponements and have come out worst within the rescheduling of this week’s North London derby.
Arsenal have been granted a request to postpone the unique sport in January when one or two Covid instances hit Mikel Arteta’s squad at a time when he was quick of gamers as a consequence of accidents and the Africa Cup of Nations.
Spurs have been livid as a result of that they had been pressured to forfeit their decisive Europa Conference League tie in opposition to Rennes when unable to subject a staff as a result of of Covid. UEFA awarded a 3-0 win to Rennes and Conte’s staff have been eradicated from the competitors.
Antonio Conte believes Spurs have come off worst within the rescheduling of the Arsenal match
The North London rivals meet in a huge clash on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday
The derby in opposition to Arsenal will probably be performed on Thursday, leaving Tottenham with little time to arrange for the subsequent sport, in opposition to Burnley at noon on Sunday.
‘To converse now about what occurred up to now isn’t helpful,’ mentioned Conte. ‘For certain, it was very unusual that our sport was postponed for Covid and Arsenal did not have one participant with Covid.
‘We lost a sport 3-0 [to Rennes] as a result of the Premier League did not need to transfer our sport after we had 9 or 10 gamers with Covid. At that point, it was unfair what occurred.
‘But now that is the previous and we’ve to be targeted on the current and attempt to get one of the best end result. I feel this may very well be a superb likelihood for us to get three factors in opposition to their entire staff as a result of if we performed in January they have been with out many gamers as a result of they have been dedicated on the African Cup and accidents.
Conte mentioned his personal membership ought to have paid higher consideration to the rescheduled Arsenal clash
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‘Football is great and on this sort of sport it is proper to play with two groups and all of the gamers obtainable.’
Conte admits his Spurs staff are higher than they have been in January, that they’re ‘extra organised’ and ‘stronger’ with extra ‘soccer data’, however he feels his personal membership ought to have paid higher consideration to the rescheduled fixture.
‘If I complain about it, I’m like different coaches up to now,’ the Italian laughed. ‘You bear in mind when Arteta complained about this kind of state of affairs and I mentioned coaches should not complain. Now may very well be my flip to complain as a result of to play on Thursday evening after which once more the primary sport (on Sunday), you possibly can play on Sunday and wait and provides us the final sport and a bit extra relaxation.
‘It’s troublesome generally to simply accept Premier League selections, but when the membership accepted it I’ve to. A high membership have to concentrate to the fixtures. Before the sport you do not suppose this example may cause you this kind of hassle, however afterwards you realise it may have an effect on the end result and you might be offended and it is too late.
‘You should be offended earlier than. The membership has to pay extra consideration. If you need to win you need to take care about all the main points as a result of the main points transfer the ultimate end result.’