Antonio Conte claims Marseille clash impacts Tottenham Hotspur’s team selection for Manchester City tie
Tottenham Hotspur and Antonio Conte are set to face Manchester City this weekend in the Premier League in what will be one of the biggest tests of the Italian manager’s Spurs side this season.
The imperious Man City led by Pep Guardiola are relentless once again and despite a couple of draws, look like one of the best teams in England. The defending league champions will be at the Etihad and would want to take all three points here against the Lilywhites.
Conte, meanwhile, will take his Spurs team to Manchester with one fewer day of rest as compared to the Cityzens. Speaking after his team’s 2-0 win against Marseille in the Champions League on Wednesday night, Conte said on BT Sport (h/t the Express):
“We have to play in two days against Manchester City. Now we have to try to rest and recover well. City played yesterday so have one day more to rest. In my opinion that’s very important.”
The former Inter Milan and Chelsea manager then added that this game means Spurs would have to rotate their squad for the game against the Sky Blues. The team that Conte put out against Igor Tudor’s OM was arguably his strongest XI, with Dejan Kulusevski’s selection/exclusion being a moot point.
“For sure we have to make rotation because it will be impossible to play with the same players on Saturday and also [next] Tuesday.”
The FIFA World Cup in November later this year has really congested the fixture schedule early on this season. After the game against City on Saturday, Spurs then make the long trip to Portugal to take on Sporting CP in their second group game in this season’s UCL.
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Spurs don’t even have time to celebrate the win against the French giants today, which featured a brace from Richarlison. Luckily, we strengthened our team to a great extent this summer and our options on the bench aren’t poor.