Tottenham Hotspur supervisor Antonio Conte laughed off a suggestion that he has been extra subdued on the touchline in latest matches, saying he has been making an attempt to remain calmer with a view to train his gamers to take extra duty.
Conte, together with Liverpool’s Juergen Klopp, is without doubt one of the extra energetic managers within the league, and recurrently spends lengthy intervals in video games raging in his technical space.
Tottenham’s final three matches have been in cup competitions, the place they suffered house and away defeats by Chelsea within the League Cup semi-finals, both aspect of a 3-1 win over Morecambe within the FA Cup.
“You have to ask the referee or fourth official if I was calm against Chelsea,” Conte instructed a information convention on Friday forward of his aspect’s Premier League match towards Arsenal this weekend. “He would be surprised by this question.
“Throughout my administration (profession) I’ve to strive and in addition to see after I keep calm, (what’s) the reply of all my gamers. I feel that is additionally a method.
“I can drive the car but sometimes the driver can stay seated and calm. It’s part of (the) process to give more responsibility to my players.
“If I wish to pressure myself to stay the sport in one other method, it will be very, very troublesome, however generally I’ve to remain seated and go away my gamers to make the very best choice and face the sport through the difficulties.”
Spurs are sixth in the standings, a place and two points below Arsenal but with two games in hand. A victory at home on Sunday will catapult them above their bitter rivals.
Conte said Arsenal were probably at a more advanced stage in their development and that he would use the game to judge how far Spurs had progressed since he took over in November.
“That they had extra time than us and (Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta) has the likelihood to work with the gamers for a few years… perhaps because of this they’re forward within the undertaking as a result of they’ve began earlier than (us) with the identical coach,” Conte said.
“Arsenal is a extremely good crew, however we wish to… play one of these recreation and we wish to understand how a lot we’re enhancing.”
Spurs are already lacking a number of gamers as a result of a mix of COVID-19 circumstances and accidents. Defender Eric Dier stays sidelined with a muscular downside, whereas one other participant is suspected of getting COVID-19, Conte added.
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