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“Good news for us”- Antonio Conte mentions two ‘positives’ for Tottenham from Nottingham Forest loss

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte gives Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison update after Nottingham Forest loss

Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski were second-half substitutes as Tottenham Hotspur lost to Nottingham Forest in the third-round EFL Cup fixture at City Ground on Wednesday (9 November). Manager Antonio Conte would obviously be upset.

He played a very strong squad for the game and yet we lost 2-0. Speaking after the game (h/t official Tottenham Hotspur website), Conte cited tiredness and fixture congestion as the main reasons behind our loss.

However, he was upbeat about Richarlison and Kulusevski’s fitness status ahead of the Premier League clash against Leeds United on 12 November. The Brazil international, who will travel to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and Kulusevski both came on for the last 30 minutes of the game.

Dejan Kulusevski of Tottenham Hotspur acknowledges fans after the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Nottingham Forest and Tottenham Hotspur at City Ground on November 09, 2022 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images )
Dejan Kulusevski of Tottenham Hotspur acknowledges fans after the Carabao Cup loss against Nottingham Forest. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images )

“For sure, there is big disappointment for the result, the loss. The positive thing tonight was to see Richarlison again and Deki. I think they are ready for the game on Saturday against Leeds. This is good news for us.”

Kulusevski had missed 10 games for us across competitions before making his return in the 2-1 league loss to Liverpool. Richy had been out ever since his injury in the 2-0 win against Everton.

The duo could not impact the game positively. We lost via goals from Renan Lodi and Jesse Lingard and did not look like a team that deserved to win.

It was deserved elimination for us and one that is truly a blow in terms of our chances of winning silverware this season. The EFCL Cup was the last trophy we won – going all the way back to 2008.

Premier League seems to be out of our reach with Arsenal and Manchester City setting the pace, while the UEFA Champions League is always a massively tough competition to win.

We spent well on our squad this summer and brought in big names such as Richarlison and Ivan Perisic to add depth to the squad. But it seems we are still short-handed on many occasions.

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