Antonio Conte has opened up on the “problem” he has faced in regards to his preparations on the training pitch ahead of Tottenham’s European clash vs Rennes.
Hit by a Covid outbreak at the club over the past few days, the Spurs head coach has seen his plans for the Rennes and Brighton & Hove Albion games change dramatically following Sunday’s 3-0 win over Norwich.
With both players and staff testing positive this week, Conte revealed in his pre-match press conference that eight players and five members of staff have now returned positive tests.
Giving an insight into what life has been like at Hotspur Way as they prepare for the Europa Conference League encounter, the 52-year-old has revealed that his plans have been further hampered with one of the players who was due to start unfortunately testing positive immediately after a training session with the rest of his depleted squad.
“I don’t know honestly. I can talk about in this moment the problem we are having,” explained the Italian. “I don’t know what is happening in other situations and I can speak about our situation and it is very strange and not good to live now this situation with all.
“We are trying to think only football. Today we prepared the game against Rennes and we had one and a half hours of training session and planned to have a session in the morning to prepare the set pieces but then I finish the training session and another player and member of staff to add to the list.
“Players you have had contact with today. This is the problem. This is the problem. Yesterday they were negative and today, positive and we have had contact today.
“This is I think the problem and it makes me a bit upset because the situation for sure is not clear and it is not easy for everybody. I understand also the players and I understand everyone that works here.”
When asked if this is the most difficult week he’s had as a coach to prepare for a match, he added: “Yes but surely it is difficult. But now we have 11 players available and today we prepared the game with one player that should play then we finished the session and this player was positive.
“It is not simple but, I repeat, it is very difficult to speak about football because the situation is so strange and incredible that to speak about football is very impossible and this make me for sure upset because I’m here to speak about football, my players, the atmosphere that I want to see tomorrow and instead we are talking about people who have Covid.”
Source by Football London