Antonio Conte has admitted that the January transfer window was “not easy” for Tottenham, with Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur drafted on the final day.
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Conte has also been outspoken about his limited expectations for Spurs this season, with the Italian manager seemingly unhappy with the club’s business during the January transfer window.
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Conte admits disappointment in January
Conte has admitted it has been “not easy” seeing the club struggle to secure their top targets in the January transfer window.
Although Spurs added Juventus Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski duo on the last day of the transfer window, the new manager seems to be expecting many acquisitions.
Tottenham have been linked with a move for Luis Diaz, although he eventually joined Liverpool from Porto.
“I get a glimpse of situations that might have developed, then when you step into the situation, you understand that there’s something… what happened in January was not easy,” Conte said.
“Four players left in January. Four important Tottenham players, two have arrived. So even in numbers instead of strengthening you, on paper you could have weakened. “
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Conte’s message ‘clear as crystal’
Daily Mirror’s head writer John Cross looked at Tottenham’s situation following Conte’s frank comments.
Former Juventus, Chelsea and the Inter Milan boss has never been a man to leave his word and although he soon began his role at Spurs, it looks like he can comfortably offer some upheaval. It’s brutal in public.
“The message is clear: Conte doesn’t believe Tottenham can beat the likes of Manchester City and the lowering of expectations may just be to relieve him of responsibility and put it firmly on the club’s doorstep for the better. their recruiting,” Cross said.
“Conte has always been a political animal but there’s one thing he’s never been as a manager willing to stick with, building a lasting project and a lasting dynasty.”
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City get an injury boost against Spurs
Manchester City record signing Jack Grealish is up against Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
The England midfielder has not featured since February 9 against Brentford due to a shin problem. Grealish missed 12 games for Aston Villa last season with the same problem, worrying some City supporters.
However, the matter does not appear to be too serious at this point and the £100m man is said to have not given up on home ground to play against Spurs.
Tottenham beat Man City 1-0 at home in the opening match of the 2021-22 season, a match in which Grealish made his Man City bow.
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