Antonio Conte has mentioned Tottenham’s hopes of repeating final season’s win at Manchester City and rediscovering Son Heung-min’s kind.
Spurs journey to face the Premier League champions on Thursday night, the scene of certainly one of their most memorable outcomes of final season. Conte’s aspect surprised City with a 3-2 win on the Etihad, as Harry Kane scored a stoppage-time winner for the north Londoners.
Spurs have received 4 of the previous 5 Premier League conferences between the perimeters and, forward of their newest encounter, Conte spoke at his pre-match press convention on his aspect’s probabilities of a constructive outcome.
“I remember the game [last season] and to win against Manchester City, you have to try not to make mistakes, because you know for sure, when you go to play against Manchester City, the ball possession will be 70 to 75% for them,” he stated. “Then you’ve gotten 20 or 25 p.c of ball possession so on this interval you need to be superb, to maneuver the ball effectively and create possibilities to attain.
“You know when you’re playing against I think the best team in the world at the moment it will be very difficult. Last season we were very good, showed great resilience. Also in this type of game, you need also to be a bit lucky to get a good result.”
Conte was requested on his aspect’s method to the sport, with Spurs having pressed excessive within the early levels of Sunday’s defeat to Arsenal earlier than dropping in depth after the break. The Italian mentioned Spurs’ urgent and stated their tactical plan will depend on the traits of the opposition and his backline.
“The depth of the sport it relies upon additionally on the opponent. Within the first half [on Sunday] we began to press excessive, however generally you discover a good opponent. We work to beat the strain.
“You need to know very effectively that whenever you press excessive, you allow loads of house on the again. When you a participant like Saka, Martinelli or Mahrez, Foden or Grealish or Haaland, then you definitely threat to concede a objective very excessive. You then even have to contemplate the traits of your gamers, of your defenders.
“If we can stay very high and defend high with 50m behind us or it’s better for the characteristics of the players to stay a bit lower to cover more space and don’t be stupid to be so open and give the opportunity to your opponent to kill you.”
Conte additionally mentioned Son Heung-min’s battle for objectives this season. The South Korean received the Premier League’s Golden Boot final season, however has simply 4 objectives through the present marketing campaign – three of which got here in a hat-trick in opposition to Leicester in September.
He has scored simply as soon as in his final ten video games and Conte was requested whether or not Richarlison’s return to health can ease the strain on Son.
“Yeah but also about this topic, before you [the media] said to me ‘maybe Richarlison is pushing Son and Son is not performing well,’ if I don’t remember wrongly. Now you’re telling me exactly the opposite,” he stated, laughing.
“I need to keep right here to ask each query however generally I even have questions which are fully the other that you simply requested me a while in the past. Perhaps you say that Sonny struggled with the strain of getting a participant like Richarlison behind.
“I repeat, they’re completely different seasons. The gamers are human and he’s an individual. For certain if we speak about Sonny, final season he scored 25 objectives. This season he’s not scoring a lot. For us, it’s not excellent news this as a result of we rely on his objectives. However then we’re speaking about not robots, about an individual, a human.
“I’m the primary to hope that Sonny begins to attain with the strain or with out the strain of different gamers like Richarlison behind. That is soccer. We’ve to attempt to face, the gamers and the coaches, completely different conditions, constructive or adverse. A very powerful factor I see through the coaching session and within the video games is that Sonny tries to do his greatest.
“Sometimes the best it means that you go to score or make an assist, sometimes it means you’re not so lucky to score or to make an assist.”
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