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Antonio Conte refuses to consider dropping Harry Kane amid hectic schedule

ntonio Conte has revealed he is not ready to rest the Harry Kane talisman until the level of the Tottenham squad in general has improved, despite the grueling schedule ahead.

Kane is the only senior center-forward in Conte’s squad, although earlier this week the Italian raised the possibility of using Steven Bergwijn up front ahead of a ten-game streak in 30 days, which has started with Thursday’s victory over Brentford.

Spurs’ host Norwich this weekend and next Thursday’s Rennes visit to the Europa Conference League would seem like a fitting opportunity to rest Kane ahead of the busy holiday schedule, although Conte’s side need a result to keep them going. his hopes of qualifying.

However, Conte says it will be difficult to start a game without Kane until Spurs’ other attacking options are more attractive.

“If I answer honestly, starting a game without Harry now is a bit difficult for me,” Conte said.

“Honestly, we are talking about an important player for us, an important player for everyone. Yes, at the moment I am answering this way. I hope to improve the situation, improve the confidence of all the players and see that maybe without Harry we can cover the situation. Not in the same way, but in a way that can be good for getting three points. Now, right now, honestly, I don’t see this team starting without Harry.

He said: “We know that right now, if you compare this team to the past, they are less strong. When there is a generational change, this type of situation can happen.

“It’s not easy to replace players and find players who are ready to fight for a place in the Champions League and be competitive to win something.

“I’m sure that with work we can improve the situation but, at the same time, we have to find the right way to improve the quality of this team as well.

“If there is the possibility of improving the quality, we will try to do so. Now my first thought is to get the most out of the players I have.

Conte’s comments will be music to Kane’s ears as the forward seeks to regain his scoring touch, having scored just one game in 12 league games this season.

Conte, however, insisted that he didn’t care about Kane’s form, saying: “I always like to be honest with my players, and if I wasn’t happy with Harry’s performance, I would. would tell him. But I’ll say it again: I’m very happy with his performance – he’s playing well and doing a fantastic job for the team.

“I know that for attackers it is vital to score, but at the same time we have to think about Tottenham first, what is best for Tottenham, and what is important for us if Harry scores, c is to take three points.

“A player like Harry can always solve the game because he has a fantastic quality, he’s a complete player, a real top-level player, and honestly I don’t worry about him.

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“Against Mura Kane scored but we lost the game and I want to be selfish – only that we win the game first.

“Sometimes a striker doesn’t score, and that’s life – but his contribution to the team is always at a very important level.”

Spurs are just two points behind fourth-placed West Ham ahead of Norwich’s visit and could be in the Champions League spots by the end of this weekend.

Conte, who took over from Nuno Espirito Santo in early November, insisted Daniel Levy had not set him any goals for this season and said he would not have accepted the job if the president had made unrealistic demands. .

“When I got there and spoke with the club, they didn’t ask me anything,” Conte said.

“Daniel Levy wanted me badly, not because I would bring stupid promises with me.

“Daniel Levy wanted me here for my reputation, for my work, my ideas, my method, my ability to build something important especially because at the beginning they did not have a solid foundation. I think he wanted me for that reason and I accepted for that reason. Honestly, if he had asked me something different, I probably would have said, “Thank you very much, but now is not the right time”.


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