Tottenham supervisor Antonio Conte has questioned why solely managers must face the media in English soccer – and never different figures corresponding to sporting administrators – as questions on his Spurs aspect proceed to mount.
Conte’s aspect misplaced the North London derby to Arsenal 2-0 on Tremendous Sunday to sit down 14 factors behind their arch-rivals, who sit on the high of the desk with a recreation in hand over Tottenham.
Spurs are additionally 5 factors behind the Champions League locations and now face a visit to Premier League champions Manchester Metropolis, stay on Sky Sports activities this Thursday, with the inconsistency of Conte’s aspect on the forefront of his pre-match press convention.
The Italian supervisor confessed to being irritated about having to reply the identical questions over and over and believes extra readability might be accessible if there’s a wider vary of individuals from the membership going through the media.
“In England, I feel there’s a unhealthy behavior that there’s solely the coach to talk,” Conte stated. “I’ve by no means seen the medical division come right here and clarify that this participant is having issue to get better. I by no means see the membership or sporting director to return right here and clarify the technique and the imaginative and prescient of the membership.
“In Italy, each recreation, earlier than the sport, there’s a particular person from the membership who goes with the media after which has to reply many questions. For us, it could possibly be actually higher as a result of in any other case we put each time our face [points to his face]. There’s solely as soon as face to indicate.
“It means if solely the coach speaks, typically there might be misunderstandings. It could possibly be good to have the membership presenting to the media to talk. Perhaps not each week however each 15 days, as soon as a month on this approach.
“It could possibly be easier for you [journalists] to grasp and never just one face or the identical face. Imagine me, it is troublesome. All the things you attempt to inform, it could possibly be a criticism or one thing fallacious or one thing damaging. This isn’t the reality.”
Conte, whose aspect have did not win three out of their final 4 Premier League video games however are nonetheless within the Champions League and FA Cup, admitted he didn’t perceive the place there was a lot negativity about his place – saying the membership is doing what it may well inside its “prospects”.
“What I can inform you is just one factor: we’re working actually arduous daily for this membership,” stated Conte. “Then if there’s criticism, you must settle for it.
“It is obscure what the criticism is. We’re doing what we have now to do in our risk. However we have now to just accept it.
“My reply is at all times the identical, I put every thing on the gamers to do the identical for this membership and for the followers.”
Conte defends his type | ‘He is not a robotic’
Conte additionally defended the type of Spurs striker Heung-Min Son, who endured one other irritating outing towards Arsenal on Sunday.
The South Korean ahead, who received final season’s Premier League Golden Boot alongside Mohamed Salah, has scored in simply two Premier League video games all season, in a run that features just one aim in his final 10 top-flight outings.
The Spurs supervisor was requested whether or not the return of Richarlison might assist somebody like Son discover his type attributable to added competitors, however Conte didn’t take kindly to the query.
“About this matter, earlier than this season you stated to me: perhaps Richarlison is pushing Son and Son isn’t performing properly,” Conte claimed. “If I do not bear in mind [wrongly], you stated this to me. Now you are saying precisely the other.
“I wish to keep right here to reply each query however typically I’ve completely the other [question] that you simply made to me a while in the past. You stated that perhaps Sonny was struggling below stress to have a participant like Richarlison behind him.
“There are completely different seasons. The gamers are human. He is an individual. For positive, if we discuss Sonny, final season he scored 25 targets. On this season he isn’t scoring a lot. For us, it is not excellent news this as a result of we depend on his targets.
“We’re speaking about not a robotic, however an individual, a human. I am the primary to hope that Sonny scores, with or with out the stress of gamers like Richarlison behind him.
“That is soccer, that is soccer. Now we have to attempt to face particularly the gamers but in addition the coaches with completely different conditions, constructive or damaging.
“A very powerful factor I see through the coaching session and through the video games is Sonny is making an attempt to do his finest. Typically the very best means you must rating or make an help. Typically It means you aren’t so fortunate to not rating or make an help.”
Watch Manchester Metropolis vs Tottenham stay on Sky Sports activities Premier League this Thursday evening, kick-off 8pm.