Tottenham return to action this weekend as they take on Newcastle United as the Premier League return for the crucial break-in.
Spurs are on course to finish in the top four and Antonio Conte will be hoping his players return from international duty fit and eager to go. Of course, a number of his Tottenham side enjoyed good breaks. Among those who did well were players like Joe Rodon and Steven Bergwijn, while Harry Kane also did well for England.
And according to Antonio Conte, he and his coaching staff deserve some credit for Rodon and Bergwijn being able to leave and put in such good performances.
“To see Joe’s performance and also Steven Bergwijn’s performance, maybe it means we’re doing a good job with them. Joe doesn’t play a lot of games with us but despite that he was in good shape,” Conte told about the pair (football.london)
“Joe is a good player but a very, very big man. He had broken two ribs. He did all the training sessions. He was always available and I know very well the pain you feel when you breaks a rib. It means you’re a great man. Joe has to keep going that way, work hard and get that satisfaction. I’ll say it again, to play that way with Wales in an important game in qualifying for the World Cup, it means you work hard and well. I always say this: I have a group of players who work well, they are very focused and work to improve the level.
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Conte isn’t bragging here, he’s just saying how he thinks his coaching staff has helped fringe players continue to be ready. And to be fair to him, he’s right.
Both Rodon and Bergwijn were outstanding in midweek and in a way they gave Conte food for thought when it came to team selection. Bergwijn, in particular, will be delighted with his goals.
For Conte and Tottenham, it’s only positive. Having the whole team fit and shooting only shows that they are all bought into the current regime.
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