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Tottenham: Journalists make ‘risky’ claim after Conte call

Tottenham: Journalists make ‘risky’ claim after Conte call -Tottenham Hotspur News

Journalists caught a ‘risky’ move by Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte during their 2-0 victory over Marseille in the Champions League.

The Lowdown: Lilywhites seal big win…

The Lilywhites, looking to make a good impression back in Europe’s most prestigious competition after a two-year absence, managed to get off to the perfect Group D start.

Two goals from Richarlison in the last 15 minutes of the contest secured all three points for Spurs against the Ligue 1 side but they were made to work hard for their win.

Before the Brazilian’s brace, proceedings were very much on a knife edge, with Conte making the brave decision to take off two of his back three just past the 70 minute mark.

Clement Lenglet and Cristian Romero both made way for Japhet Tanganga and Ben Davies, presumably with Man City in mind at the time.

The Latest: Journalists make ‘risky’ claim…

This call by Conte certainly raised eyebrows among members of the press, with one calling it a ‘risky’ decision whist others branded the substitutions as ‘odd’.

“Lenglet and Romero make way for Davies and Tanganga. A risky tactic from Conte, who appears to be prioritising Man City this weekend. Hardly an attacking move and arguably increases the chances of Marseille hitting Spurs on the counter-attack. 0-0.” – George Sessions, PA Sport reporter (via Twitter).

“Romero & Lenglet make way for Tanganga & Davies. Odd changes but a consequence of the mad schedule. Conte wants his defenders fresh for Haaland and Co. on Saturday.” – Dan Kilpatrick, The Evening Standard (via Twitter).

“For Lenglet and Romero. Hmmm.” – Jack Pitt-Brooke, The Athletic (via Twitter).

The Verdict: Bold…

The Premier League‘s side’s move to bring off two reliable defensive assets at 0-0 certainly was a bold one.

Luckily for supporters, Conte’s men stormed to a late victory regardless, and it looks like Spurs’ flurry into the summer transfer market has now granted them an option to make such changes.

Lenglet’s arrival on loan from Barcelona and Romero’s permanent signing from Atalanta have gifted Tottenham real strength in depth with solid players like Davies and Tanganga now able to come on in their stead.

Given the mountainous task a trip to Man City presented at the time, it’s arguably understandable why Conte elected to bring off his summer acquisitions in preparation to face Pep Guardiola’s champions.


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