LONDON–Manager Antonio Conte expects his squad to react after the 2-0 loss to Sporting CP in Lisbon (14/9) against Leicester at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium later tonight (Live Vido at 12:30 a.m.). Playing with a bit of anger to get the three points was the reaction the Italian coach was referring to.
“For us it was important to get the win. When we lose, we are literally on opposite sides, and for this reason we need to be a little angry. This has to be our mentality,” Conte said ahead of the Leicester game.
It’s against The Foxes– the nickname Leicester – is not an easy affair. Although currently Brendan Rodgers’ squad are at the bottom of the table, they will struggle to get out of the relegation zone. Conte also knows that Leicester will give his team a tough fight.
“Not putting aside their current standings, Leicester are a good squad, and have a good coach. They have big ambitions. Don’t forget Leicester won the Premier League, FA Cup and won the Community Shield against Manchester City.”
On the other hand, the Spurs are not just looking for an outlet. Victory could extend their positive trend which is unbeaten in the last six matches in the Premier League. In addition, if they win they can approach the top of the standings and even take the top spot if Manchester City get a minor result when they travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Meanwhile, The Foxes just one point from six games earlier this season. Leicester need more wins to try to stay away from the relegation zone.
The decline in Leicester’s performance this season cannot be separated from the club’s policy of limiting the transfer of player purchases. So far, The Foxes just bought one player, defender Wout Faes from Stade Reims, while goalkeeper Alex Smithies arrived free of charge from Cardiff.
“We are in a situation that we have never experienced before. The results are not in our favor but we have to keep playing brave,” said Rodgers.
“As in anything, in any sport, it’s not just about talent. The people who succeed are the ones who have fortitude, determination and perseverance,” said the Northern Irish coach.