Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has warned his side that no one is unstoppable, but he believes they will provide a positive reaction at home against Leicester this weekend.
Spurs saw their seven-game unbeaten run at the start of the new season on Tuesday after suffering a 2-0 defeat at Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League.
Despite Conte’s team enjoying a very good six-week opening to the campaign in terms of results, Son Heung-min has yet to find the net and Harry Kane struggled in Portugal, which led to the Italian sending a message. to its players.
He said: “There are no players who are unstoppable. This must be very clear.
“There are no adamant players because if I say this it is only to try to help my players and to try to avoid injuries, to try to have players in top form and to make a good performance.
If I say this it is only to protect my players and to give them the opportunity to be at the top at all times. Then you know very well that you can play a game well, another you can score, another you can’t, but my job is to try to protect my players and protect the team. Also to find the right way to have a result.
In the Champions League there are always massive matches and for this I need to have all my players available. I need all my players to be available to rotate to be ready at all times when I call them to play and play well for the team, for the club, for the fans, for everyone “.
Spurs were hit by two late goals midweek after a frustrating Group D match where they struggled to create chances.
Conte was pleased to see his players angry after the defeat, but he knows it won’t be easy to bounce back against a Leicester who reached the Europa Conference League semi-finals last season and won the FA Cup in 2021.
“You know very well that we have to try every game to get a win. This must be our reality and for this you must understand that when we lose, we are totally on the opposite side, ”he added.
For this we have to feel, we have to be a little angry and try to make a good reaction because now we have the possibility to play another game in the Premier League and it is important for us to win.
“At the same time you know you are playing against Leicester. The table at the moment is not faithful to him.
We are talking about a really good team, a really good team. We are talking about Brendan Rodgers, who is a really good coach, he has won a lot in his career, so we have to pay close attention to this. “
On Thursday, it was confirmed that Eric Dier had earned a recall in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Nations League matches with Italy and Germany this month.
The central defender has not played for the national team for almost two years since the game against Iceland, but he impressed during Conte’s time at the club.
He said: “For Eric it was a really good result, but what I can only tell him is that this has to be a starting point.
“That he has to earn the chance to go to the World Cup, especially in this month and a half we have before the World Cup, continuing to play well, to have a good performance, to show that he really has good stability and that he is a really reliable player.
“What I can tell him is just this: keep it up, to keep working hard and having this concentration. For the rest I think that I, my staff and teammates are very happy with this call-up to the national team ”.
Lucas Moura (calf) will skip Saturday’s match, which will see several tributes in memory of the queen with Ledley King and Emile Heskey, ambassadors of Spurs and Leicester respectively, who will lay a wreath before kick-off.