Four members of Antonio Conte’s defensive back line at Tottenham have been deemed unsuitable for major league play. Ally McCoist, a former striker for Scotland, has identified four players—three central defenders and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris—that need to be strengthened by Antonio Conte.
On Wednesday, Spurs were eliminated from the Carabao Cup after losing 2-0 at Nottingham Forest. Conte didn’t make many changes to the starting lineup that lost 2-1 to Liverpool on Sunday in the Premier League.
So far this season, Harry Kane has started every single game in every single competition. Forest, though, proved too strong for a weary Spurs squad, scoring twice in the second half and clinging to a 2-1 victory despite playing with just 10 men for the last 20 minutes.
Defense, in McCoist’s opinion, is where Conte has been most lacking. Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez, Clement Lenglet, and Hugo Lloris were all singled out as players the Italian had trouble with.
On talkSPORT, McCoist stated: “Honestly, I don’t believe they’re good enough defensively.
Antonio Conte’s comments that Harry Kane, the captain of England, is exhausted are confirmed “Yes [Dier has an error in him], even Sanchez, Lenglet, the other night. Honestly, I can’t. Defending-wise, I believe they hold their own, but if you want to play at the highest levels of competition…
“The goalie does a great job of keeping the ball out of the net, but I’m afraid he also has a blooper or two in him. I believe he has a clanger in him, despite the fact that he produces great saves.”
Kane’s start against Forest has been criticised after Conte decided to start him. After leading his team for the first hour, England’s captain was replaced by Bryan Gil.
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