The 11 Tottenham first-team players Antonio Conte can improve during the international break


The third international break of the season is now upon us.

Only meeting his Tottenham players for the first time on Tuesday afternoon following his appointment in the hotseat, Antonio Conte and his coaching staff will, unfortunately, see a large chunk of his squad jet across the globe.

It’s the last thing the experienced head coach needed right now but there is very little he can do about it.

Already making an impact in his short time on the training pitch at Hotspur Way, Conte will have to wait until towards the end of next week when he has all his squad together once again.

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Clearly frustrated about the pause in play, the ex-Juventus boss opened up on November’s international break when speaking in his post-match press conference following Tottenham’s win over Vitesse.

“Yes but only for one reason: because I have just arrived, only two days. In one day I have to prepare the game against Everton, and then many players they have to go with national teams,” he said.

“We need time. We need time to work. We need time to work. This is the only aspect that, not I’m afraid, but I’d like to have time to work.

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“This team and I, we need to work together to bring them my idea of football and to work tactical aspects, physical aspects, to know them, much better than now. This is the only aspect that I am a bit scared, a bit afraid.

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Antonio Conte has worked his players hard in his first few days as Tottenham boss

“But I know that there is this type of situation, and for this reason, we need a bit of patience. And I know that I have to be patient. Because is a situation that we don’t have too much time to work.

“But the positive aspect: I know that through the work we can improve a lot, we have a lot of space for improvement. This team is young, good players, but we need to work altogether.”

So which players will get the opportunity to work with Conte day in, day out over the next fortnight at their Enfield training base.

Well, the Lecce-born boss will have 11 of his current first-team squad to work with at Hotspur Way after they missed out on international call-ups.

Bryan Gil and Ryan Sessegnon are two of the 11 players remaining in the capital, although they have missed out on the matchday squad in both of Conte’s games through injury and it’s not exactly clear when they will be back in training.

The boss will also have three of his current starting XI remaining at Tottenham over the break as Eric Dier, Sergio Reguilon and Lucas Moura have not been called up by England, Spain and Brazil respectively.

The next fortnight will also be a key period for midfielders Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele and Dele Alli as Oliver Skipp is suspended for the game against Leeds United once football returns after the break.

Skipp’s absence will give the trio a chance to really catch Conte’s eye in the days leading up to the fixture and they will need to grasp their opportunity with both hands if they want to become Spurs regulars again.

Steven Bergwijn is another player who needs a good fortnight at Hotspur Way after missing out on Netherlands’ squad for their World Cup qualifiers.

Starting the season in good form before injury curtailed things, the 24-year-old only returned to action prior to Nuno Espirito Santo losing his job and he needs a good run in the team to return to his best.

In a fight with Lucas for a starting spot on the right of Conte’s attacking trio, Bergwijn will have the chance to work closely with his new boss and show him his qualities.

Goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini will also stay behind in the capital over the international break after missing out on the Italy squad, while Japhet Tanganga will also be in the same boat due to his absence from the England U21s plans.

Conte may be missing a number of his squad over the break but he does still have a decent amount of players that he can take a closer look at and try and improve.

Source by Football London

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