When Tottenham hosts Wolves at N17 on Saturday, Antonio Conte will need to make some selections. The Italian will try to prevent a recurrence of Spurs’ defeat from the previous meeting between the two teams in north London.
Prior to the game, Conte addressed the media and provided an update on the team’s situation. On Wednesday night, SportEarly reported that Cristian Romero had sustained an injury. Cristian had a minor issue in the last minutes of the match against Chelsea, according to Conte.
It’s a little issue, and following the game, he began to have some adductor soreness. We examined him. The player wants to provide availability, but with the number of games we have going on right now, it would be foolish to take a chance. Not available to Wolves due to this.
Oliver Skipp, who hasn’t been included in either of the two matchday teams thus far, did receive some good news, though. Skipp has good news, the 53-year-old stated.
After tomorrow [Friday], he’ll run once more. I’m hoping this player gets a little lucky because he’s been having issues since January. When we have a lot of games to play, he will be accessible.
For the noon kickoff, Conte will expect to have the rest of his team healthy and available. Tottenham has to play far better than they did against Chelsea in order to resume their winning ways.
In his pre-game news conference, the Italian was also questioned about his recent additions and if they would be in the running to start the following weekend.
“I’m glad for certain reasons. For me, the club’s initial goal in this transfer market was to strengthen the team, especially after qualifying for the Champions League. I wanted to assemble a team where the players’ levels were comparable, and I had the option of selecting 11 players while also being aware of the limitations on the bench are players that if they come in, they can change the situation, they can give the quality and the quality doesn’t drop after the substitutions,” he added.
It’s crucial, as you well know, since right now we only play once a week, and I strive, especially at the beginning, to play with the players who know me and our brand of football the best.
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“We are taking use of this opportunity to bring in players like Richy, Lenglet and Bissouma, Perisic, and everyone we signed. Spence must fit into our conception of football in the same way. We are moving in the correct direction. We are prepared to make rotations when we play every three days, which will benefit us.
This suggests that there might not be many changes to the starting lineup, but with so many alternatives available, SportEarly examines the positions up for grabs.
It goes without saying that Romero’s absence necessitates a replacement for him at right center-back. The most probable candidate is Davinson Sanchez, since the Colombian filled in for the injured Argentine last season.
It’s possible that both wing-back positions will shift versus Wolves. In Tottenham’s opening two games, both Ryan Sessegnon and Emerson Royal have received the start.
Their performances have mostly been in line with those of their colleagues, with some strong moments against Southampton and an underwhelming showing overall at Stamford Bridge. This summer, Conte structured his team to provide him the depth he needs for rotations.
Ivan Perisic and Matt Doherty both needed to improve their physical fitness, according to the Italian. However, since the start of the season, both players have entered as substitutes.
To determine if they can perform well when given the chance, Conte may start both of the older players on Saturday. If the Tottenham manager does this, it will also demonstrate to Sessegnon and Royal that they must put in even more effort to compete for regular playing time.
The midfield tandem that Rodrigo Bentanur and Pierre Emile Hojbjerg formed last season has started both of Tottenham’s games thus far. Yves Bissouma is Conte’s alternative centre midfield option because Skipp is injured.
Bentancur has been replaced by the 25-year-old in both games so far as he adjusts to life at his new team. The Uruguayan player also found it difficult to handle the pressure of the game at Stamford Bridge as it went on and was replaced by the newcomer in the 79th minute.
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Although Bissouma has just recently joined the Tottenham team, Conte could try to give him his first league start while wearing a Spurs jersey. This will also give the Italian a chance to observe him in action, alongside Hojbjerg, to try and figure out the strongest midfield partnership.
On Sunday, Harry Kane’s equalising goal in the 96th minute gave his team a point in the London derby. Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski both had underwhelming performances and failed to have the same effect as usual; this appeared to be the case for the former player against the Saints as well.
Chelsea deserves some credit for employing defensive strategies that prevented Tottenham’s forward three from posing their normal danger. But when Richarlison entered the game, the Blues were caught off guard by the addition of another body in the offensive line, and the Brazilian had a significant effect in the game’s closing period.
The aforementioned two haven’t been having their normal influence thus far, and he could have started on Saturday because is most likely replaced Kulusveski.
This is the precise reason Conte felt the need to expand his roster and improve the calibre of his team’s depth. The players will be motivated to work more and perform better since they know they may be benched after a poor performance, which means he can make rotations when he thinks that it is necessary or appropriate.
The Italian has a lot of choices to make, but he has options, which is precisely what he lacked in the last campaign. Whoever he chooses to start on Saturday, he will hope to perform well and impress.