Antonio Conte gives his verdict on Brendan Rodgers making 8 changes for Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur
It was an easy day out for Antonio Conte and Tottenham Hotspur as they steamrolled Leicester City to win 3-1 on the day. In what came as a big boost for their top-four hopes, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min both rediscovered their scoring touch just in time for the big games.
While the Foxes are arguably one of the best English teams outside the traditional ‘big 6’ on their day, Brendan Rodgers made Conte’s job a bit easier by making eight changes to the team that drew 1-1 to AS Roma last week at the King Power Stadium.
The Foxes are in the semi-final of the UEFA Europa Conference League, a tournament Spurs were eliminated from in the group stage this season. They are clearly on the hunt for a European trophy and rested some of their biggest names for the return leg in Rome this Thursday.
The likes of Wesley Fofana, Jamie Vardy, and Youri Tielemans were left out of the starting XI, but they still had a strong team to face Spurs on the day. And that is why Conte believes that Leicester’s eight changes doesn’t really change the nature of the task his team had on their hands.
Speaking in the post-match interview, as quoted by The Express, the former Inter Milan manager was full of praise for his team and highlighted how there are no easy games in the Premier League.
“It was a good performance against a really good team and not an easy game, but you know in England there are never any easy games – especially against Leicester, who have a good squad. Despite making eight changes, the Leicester team was good and strong, so, for this reason, we have to be delighted we got three points.”
It isn’t Spurs’ concern when it comes to how Rodgers wants to manage his squad. If he wants to make our life easier by resting some of the big names, our fans would be more than welcoming of that decision.
The Lilywhites are involved in a very heated top-four race where they now face Liverpool and Arsenal in their next two league games. The Gunners are neck-and-neck with Conte’s side in the race for a UCL spot, so we can expect them to field their strongest XI vs us.
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And we cannot expect any favours from Jurgen Klopp as well, as his side is chasing the Premier League title where they trail Manchester City by just 1 point going into gameweek 35.