Antonio Conte suggests Bournemouth have an advantage over Tottenham Hotspur ahead of Premier League tie
He believes the Cherries not being in European competitions gives them enough to rest and recover between matches. Spurs, on the other hand, have been playing midweek games for most of this season.
“I expect a tough game against a team that has the possibility of playing every five, six, seven days, they don’t play in Europe, for this reason, my expectation is for a tough game. We have to be ready.”
Bournemouth have played 13 games all season – 12 being in the Premier League and one in the EFL Cup in their win against Norwich City. Spurs, meanwhile, have been bombarded with fixtures.
Spurs have to beat Bournemouth
High intensity as well. It doesn’t get more serious than the Champions League, which requires the manager to field the strongest XI.
We have played 17 games across competitions. Perhaps Conte’s reaction against Sporting CP which led to a red card after Harry Kane’s disallowed goal was an extension of his feeling of irritation with injuries and fixture congestion.
The Cherries cannot compete with the biggest clubs in England, that is for sure. We had a strong summer transfer window, singing players like Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, and Djed Spence amongst others.
Even after that, we’ve had problems with depth after injuries and suspension amongst other things. This is part and parcel of the season. Conte may be right about his assessment of Bournemouth’s advantage.
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But that does not give the team a free pass if they don’t manage to see this game out with a win. Three points are a must at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, especially after embarrassing losses against Manchester United and Newcastle United.