Antonio Conte: Tottenham supervisor questions why solely coaches should face the media and never physios or sporting administrators | footballnews

Tottenham supervisor Antonio Conte has questioned why solely managers should face the media in English soccer – and never different figures reminiscent of sporting administrators – as questions on his Spurs facet proceed to mount.

Conte’s facet misplaced the North London derby to Arsenal 2-0 on Tremendous Sunday to sit down 14 factors behind their arch-rivals, who sit on the high of the desk with a recreation in hand over Tottenham.

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Spurs are additionally 5 factors behind the Champions League locations and now face a visit to Premier League champions Manchester Metropolis, reside on sky sports activities this Thursday, with the inconsistency of Conte’s facet on the forefront of his pre-match press convention.

The Italian supervisor confessed to being irritated about having to reply the identical questions time and again and believes extra readability will be accessible if there’s a wider vary of individuals from the membership dealing with the media.

Hugo Lloris scores an own goal, giving Arsenal a 1-0 lead in the north London derby
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Tottenham have been overwhelmed 2-0 by Premier League leaders and arch-rivals Arsenal

“In England, I believe there’s a unhealthy behavior that there’s solely the coach to talk,” Conte stated. “I’ve by no means seen the medical division come right here and clarify that this participant is having issue to get better. I by no means see the membership or sporting director to return right here and clarify the technique and the imaginative and prescient of the membership.

“In Italy, each recreation, earlier than the sport, there’s a particular person from the membership who goes with the media after which has to reply many questions. For us, it might be actually higher as a result of in any other case we put each time our face [points to his face]. There is just one face to indicate.

“It means if solely the coach speaks, generally there will be misunderstandings. It might be good to have the membership presenting to the media to talk. Perhaps not each week however each 15 days, as soon as a month on this manner.

“It might be extra easy for you [journalists] to know and never just one face or the identical face. Consider me, it is troublesome. The whole lot you attempt to inform, it might be a criticism or one thing incorrect or one thing detrimental. This isn’t the reality.”

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Conte, whose facet have did not win three out of their final 4 Premier League video games however are nonetheless within the Champions League and FA Cup, admitted he didn’t perceive why there was a lot negativity about his place – saying the membership is doing what it may well inside its “prospects”.

“What I can inform you is just one factor: we’re working actually arduous every single day for this membership,” stated Conte. “Then if there’s criticism, it’s a must to settle for it.

“It is obscure what the criticism is. We’re doing what now we have to do in our chance. However now we have to simply accept it.

“My reply is at all times the identical, I put every part on the gamers to do the identical for this membership and for the followers.”

‘Spurs followers deserve better readability’

Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Belief has referred to as on the membership’s board to stipulate their imaginative and prescient for achievement.

An announcement learn: “Two weeks in the past we requested the board of THFC to stipulate its technique and imaginative and prescient. At the moment Antonio Conte requested for a similar factor.

“It’s clear to everybody that, for there to be an opportunity of success at this membership, the imaginative and prescient and technique of the board and supervisor should align.

“We perceive the widespread discontent amongst Spurs followers who’ve loyally supported the membership by the 22 years of the present possession, years during which success on the pitch has not matched the rise within the value of watching the staff.

“It’s time for the membership’s board to make clear its method to reaching success on the pitch and to commit the required useful resource and assist to safe that. The membership can’t proceed to float from one method to a different.

“We urge the membership to rethink their determination to not present solutions to the important thing questions raised by THST, and lots of particular person supporters, till February and to offer these solutions now. It’s completely attainable to do that with out compromising the membership’s industrial place.

“Spurs followers deserve better readability concerning the membership’s aspirations.”

‘It is a cultural factor’

Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte
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Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte

Evaluation from Sky Sports activities Information reporter Michael Bridge:

“This can be a basic level. This can be a cultural factor.

“He isn’t pointing the finger as such, for my part.

“Hypothetically, if Inter Milan – Conte’s earlier membership – signal somebody, you’d count on the sporting director to speak about it.

“He is stated earlier than a couple of long-term damage that the physio would speak about it.

“Tottenham have simply come off the again of a very unhealthy defeat to their greatest rivals so there are frustrations in the mean time, and you may see it from Conte as effectively.”

‘There are frustrations at Spurs’

Harry Kane gestures before taking a Tottenham free-kick
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Harry Kane gestures earlier than taking a Tottenham free-kick

Extra from Sky Sports activities Information reporter Michael Bridge:

“It is a troublesome scenario. You could possibly have an hour’s dialogue on Tottenham.

“Hypothetically, if Spurs signal somebody for £100m after which Antonio Conte decides to depart and the brand new supervisor would not actually like that participant, then there is a little bit of a scenario.

“Nonetheless, I believe the overwhelming majority of followers are eager to see incomings at Spurs. The squad wants it.

“There are nonetheless a few weeks to go on this window and we all know they need a proper wing-back and an attacking midfielder as effectively.

“That hasn’t occurred but, however should you keep in mind final January, the 2 gamers they purchased in from Juventus are key gamers now. They performed an enormous half in turning round final season and getting that closing Champions League spot.

“There are frustrations from supporters, head coaches and gamers after what was a poor day on Sunday.”

Conte defends Son kind | ‘He isn’t a robotic’

Tottenham's Heung-Min Son has scored just one goal in his last ten matches
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Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son has scored only one objective in his final 10 matches

Conte additionally defended the type of Spurs striker Heung-Min Son, who endured one other irritating outing in opposition to Arsenal on Sunday.

The South Korean ahead, who received final season’s Premier League Golden Boot alongside Mohamed Salah, has scored in simply two Premier League video games all season, in a run that features just one objective in his final 10 top-flight outings.

The Spurs supervisor was requested whether or not the return of Richarlison might assist somebody like Son discover his kind as a consequence of added competitors, however Conte didn’t take kindly to the query.

“About this matter, earlier than this season you stated to me: perhaps Richarlison is pushing Son and Son will not be performing effectively,” Conte claimed. “If I do not keep in mind [wrongly], you stated this to me. Now you are saying precisely the alternative.

“I wish to keep right here to reply each query however generally I’ve completely the alternative [question] that you simply made to me a while in the past. You stated that perhaps Sonny was struggling beneath strain to have a participant like Richarlison behind him.

Tottenham's Heung-min Son challenges for the ball with Arsenal's Thomas Partey and Ben White
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Son (center) received the Premier League Golden Boot final season however has simply 4 objectives in 17 video games this time period

“There are totally different seasons. The gamers are human. He is an individual. For positive, if we speak about Sonny, final season he scored 25 objectives. On this season he isn’t scoring a lot. For us, it isn’t excellent news this as a result of we depend on his objectives.

“We’re speaking about not a robotic, however an individual, a human. I am the primary to hope that Sonny scores, with or with out the strain of gamers like Richarlison behind him.

“That is soccer, that is soccer. Now we have to attempt to face particularly the gamers but additionally the coaches with totally different conditions, optimistic or detrimental.

“A very powerful factor I see throughout the coaching session and throughout the video games is Sonny is making an attempt to do his greatest. Typically the perfect means it’s a must to rating or make an help. Typically It means you aren’t so fortunate to not rating or make an help.”

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