Antonio Conte admits ‘strange’ experience watching Kane vs Lloris

Antonio Conte has spoken of the “strange” experience of watching his two biggest players take on each other from the penalty spot not once, but twice during a World Cup.

The Tottenham boss is tasked with ensuring that both Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris focus on achieving for Tottenham in the second half of the Premier League season which resumes on Boxing Day. But the Italian has no doubt that his two captains will be ready, despite the extraordinary events of the quarter-final between England and France.

“During the match it was really strange because on one side I had Hugo and on the other side I had Harry,” Conte said. “Seeing two penalties and two teammates against each other wasn’t easy, honestly, and I think it was really strange for the players. When you’re used to living every day and staying at the same club [it] It’s not easy.

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    “Your guard and striker against the other twice, it was really weird, but then I said, ‘Okay, that’s it.'” I enjoyed the match because the match was good and I think it was one of the best matches in the World Cup for sure.”

    Lloris returned to the Tottenham training group on Christmas Day and will be on the bench against Brentford, with Fraser Forster appointed to deputize. However, Keane announced he was “reset and ready to bounce back” on social media, and Conte said he didn’t feel the need to try to improve the 29-year-old’s mood.

    “I spoke to Harry about my experience when I was a player and negative situations happen,” Conte said, referring to being part of the Italy squad that lost the 1994 World Cup final on penalties. “But you know… it’s not so important to find people to tell you ‘Don’t worry.'”

    “We are strong people. Anyone who plays at this level has to be strong. In any situation there are pros and cons and you have to address them in the right way. Harry is a strong person, you were a strong person when you were a player. Better not talk and try to justify because we are talking about a player.” Important they know the right way.

    “I think Harry will be excited, I’m sure, because Harry had a good rest period and now he can come back strong knowing full well that his role is very important. Like Hugo we are talking about two of our most representative players and they have to show great drive, to be leaders and to lead that group “.

    Conte joked that he was more worried about the World Cup winner on his team, Cristian Romero. “Honestly, I’m a little worried, because they’re celebrating in a great way,” said the Italian. To see 4 million people [on the streets] Fabulous. But now he has to go back and go see Tottenham. I repeat we need our players to be highly motivated. The English Premier League will be difficult, and we have the Champions League against AC Milan. Winners and losers [of the World Cup] It must remain at the same level: with great passion and desire.”

    Conte said he was “not really happy” to play again so soon after the World Cup and would think carefully about whether to start anyone who was in the tournament. “On the one hand, I’ve got players that I’ve worked with for four weeks really well, and on the other side I’ve got players who’ve worked in the World Cup and are not at the top right now,” he said.

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