Antonio Conte wants Tottenham to get their derby disappointment in north London out of their system when they visit Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Spurs slipped to their first Premier League defeat of the season on Saturday as goals from Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus and Granit Xhaka gave arch-rivals Arsenal victory.
“We have a chance to play one more game. I think that’s important,” Spurs boss Conte said at his pre-game press conference.
“After a defeat you want to play again quickly and we have that opportunity tomorrow.
“We know very well that the game will be very tough because we are playing against Eintracht Frankfurt, they won the Europa League last season.
“We’re talking about one of the best teams in Germany. At the same time, we want to play our cards here.
“I always say this group has a great balance and tomorrow it will be an important game for us and also for them. Not decisive, but an important game.”
Spurs equalized against the Gunners through Harry Kane’s penalty but a red card for Emerson Royal after Arsenal’s second goal left Tottenham with an uphill battle.
Some Tottenham fans have questioned Conte if he continues to overlook the summer signing of Djed Spence, who is a potential replacement for the right-back once Royal’s suspension kicks in.
“The fans have to be fans,” Conte added. “I understand they can think anything, but I see what’s happening during the training session every day.
“I try to give the best for the team. If you trust me, then you trust me, but the choice is mine. If I haven’t decided on a player, maybe it’s because he’s not ready yet.
“We’re talking about a young player with good prospects, but I repeat, I’m trying to pick the best team.
“I’m not stupid, I don’t want to lose. I try to put together the best team, choose the best team. If they trust me it’s fine, if they don’t trust me I’m the manager and I have to make the best decision for Tottenham.”
Frankfurt has to do without world champion playmaker Mario Götze, who has an ankle injury.
Coach Oliver Glasner said: “We have prepared well for our opponent. We showed the players longer videos because we didn’t have much time on the training ground.
“The atmosphere in this stadium is always great. I hope it will be another great evening. Both teams are in very good shape and tied on points and it’s sold out. Perfect conditions.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/antonio-conte-premier-league-arsenal-mario-gotze-djed-spence-b2191909.html Antonio Conte urges Tottenham to shake off derby defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt