Tottenham Hotspur News: Spurs manager Antonio Conte has blasted the club’s management for accepting a Sunday kick-off against Burnley after the crucial North London derby on Thursday night.
Spurs’ match against Arsenal was rescheduled for May 1. The reason was that the Gunners were unable to deploy enough players due to injuries. The African Cup of Nations and one Covid-19 case in January also added to the misery of the club.
Conte’s men were always slated to play Burnley three days later. However, Conte has requested that the Spurs leadership pay “more attention” to their fixture scheduling and that a “big club” would not have accepted a 12:00 kick-off.
Conte believes the club’s hierarchy should not have accepted the situation so quickly. “I’ll be like many coaches before me if I complain about it,” he laughed.
Tottenham Hotspur News: What did Conte say?
“Do you remember when [Arsenal manager] Mikel Arteta complained about something similar, and I told him that coaches shouldn’t complain?“
“This is my opportunity to criticize. Instead of playing on Thursday night and then the first game [on Sunday], you could give us the last game and a bit more relaxation.”
“At times, it’s difficult for me to accept Premier League decisions, but I have to if the club does.”
“You don’t think this situation could cause you this much trouble before the game. However, after the game, you realize it could affect the outcome and you’re angry, but it’s too late. You must first be angry.”
“The club needs to be more focused. If you want to succeed, you must pay attention to every detail since the intricacies influence the end outcome.”
North London Derby
The Spurs know that anything less than a win against Arsenal on Thursday will end their chances of finishing in the top four in the Premier League. They are already four points behind their rivals with three games remaining.
A win for the visitors would guarantee their position in next season’s UEFA Champions League and put an end to Tottenham’s chances of finishing in the top four. While a win for Conte’s side would put them one point behind Arsenal with two games remaining and a much more favourable run-in.
If that is the case, Tottenham will not want fatigue or fitness levels to affect their ability to overcome Burnley on Sunday. If they fail to win, they will rue their decision to play the game less than 72 hours after the North London derby on Thursday.