Antonio Conte’s Tottenham problem clear as 14 first-team players jet off for international duty

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A number of Tottenham players are preparing for duties with their country in the third international break of the season.

Spurs go into the disruption ninth in the Premier League after their most recent draw to Everton leaves them on 16 points, and now six points behind fourth place Liverpool.

Antonio Conte has had less than a week to work with his new squad, so an international break is far from ideal for the Italian.

The 52-year-old has already implemented his 3-4-3 formation in north London and shown that he will put the Lilywhites players through their paces both on and off the pitch.

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There are 14 players going to complete duties with their country and this includes some key players in Tottenham’s first team.

Regular starters under Conte so far; Hugo Lloris, Cristian Romero, Pierre Emilie Hojbjerg, Son Heung-min, Harry Kane, Emerson Royal, Ben Davies and Oliver Skipp are all going on duty with their country during the break.

Son has scored three goals in the five appearances he has made for his South Korean side during their World Cup qualification campaign.

Skipp has been called up for the England U21s, whilst Kane is amongst other forwards Marcus Rashford, Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka called up to the senior team.

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Although players take pride in playing for their country, it doesn’t help their clubs, especially when they have a new manager who is trying to work to improve his new side.

Under Nuno Espirito Santo, the first international break caused many issues, with a number of injury issues and a South American trio who had to isolate.

With Covid-19 regulations amended and less injury problems, the second disruption to the Premier League didn’t cause so many concerns for the Portuguese head coach.



Antonio Conte will be without nearly half of his squad for the international break.
Antonio Conte will be without nearly half of his squad for the international break

However, a new manager losing half of his squad can’t be useful and as well as the regulars, Conte will also be without Matt Doherty, Davinson Sanchez, Joe Rodon, Dane Scarlett, Steven Bergwijn and Giovani Lo Celso.

Bergwijn was called up to play for his country on Monday, after the Netherlands made three changes to their squad.

Scarlett has been called up for the England U19s and has played a part in all of their international friendlies so far this year.

Lo Celso and Rodon in particular seem to often thrive with their country but haven’t secured a starting spot in the Italian’s first two matches in charge in north London.

The Argentine has registered three assists in four appearances during his county’s World Cup qualification matches so far but is yet to bring this quality to club level.

Rodon has played 90 minutes in both of Wales’ last two matches, played decent games and has experience playing in a back three.

Therefore, many Spurs fans feel he has been unlucky not to get more match minutes but if he continues to play well for his country and can impress in training at Hotspur Way, Conte may look to give the 24-year-old a chance.

Despite this, the 52-year-old and his coaching staff will still have 10 of his first team players to work with in north London and continue to implement his training techniques and methods into his new squad.

Bryan Gil, Ryan Sessegnon, Harry Winks, Dele Alli, Lucas Moura, Eric Dier, Sergio Reguilon, Tanguy Ndombele, Japhet Tanganga and Pierluigi Gollini will all remain in the capital and hope to shine in their teammates’ absence.

When the international break ends, Spurs have a busy month and a half before the end of 2021, but have potential to pick up points when they start with a home game against Leeds.

They then face NS Mura in the Europa Conference League and a trip to Turf Moor to play Burnley, which will take them to the end of the month.

Source by Football London

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