Antonio Conte admits “scary” Covid-19 situation at Tottenham


Antonio Conte has admitted that Tottenham’s current situation with Covid-19 is serious, with the club handling more cases every day.

Spurs were hit by an outbreak earlier this week, which is unfortunately scheduled for an important Europa Conference League match with Rennes on Thursday when the hectic party schedule kicks off.

#thfc Conte is obviously upset about the Covid situation at Spurs and ends his press conference after 10 minutes. It seems clear that the right thing to do is to forfeit / postpone tomorrow’s match, close the training field and send everyone home.

– Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) December 8, 2021

The club is expected to request a postponement of its Premier League trip to Brighton on Sunday. At the moment, their European match continues as planned, but given the difficult situation the club is in, a postponement or suspension should not be ruled out.

Speaking about how many have tested positive for coronavirus, Conte said: “Eight players and five employees but the problem is that every day we have people with Covid, people like yesterday [Tuesday] were not positive and today [Wednesday] is and we continue to have contact with. This is a serious problem.

“Today, another player and another employee are positive. Tomorrow, who? Me? Another employee? I want to talk about football. This is not good for you, the fans and the staff.

“Everyone is a little scared, we all have families. I ask why? Why? Yesterday we trained and two positives, today we trained and after two more positives. Who next? It’s not right, we are going home to our families.

“We had 11 players available for the match and at the end of the training session today, one of the players who would start tomorrow is positive. It’s scary. We all have contact.”

UEFA’s rules state that a match must be played if a team has 13 players available, while the Premier League’s considerations for suspensions are decided on a case – by – case basis.

Tottenham are already a match behind their rivals after the match in Burnley was canceled due to bad weather, and they will face further complications if their situation does not improve by next week, when they will face Leicester and Liverpool on Thursday and Sunday respectively.

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