Antonio Conte believes the managers’ meeting this week was a waste of time and suggested that the concerns of the coaches were not addressed by the Premier League.

The Premier League held a meeting with all 20 managers at 4 pm on Thursday in order to address concerns regarding player welfare and fixture congestion.

There have been breakouts of Covid-19 at several clubs this month and 13 matches have been postponed as a result.

Tottenham’s games against Brighton and Leicester did not go ahead for that reason and the North Londoners also saw their clash against Burnley being called off due to heavy snowfall at Turf Moor.

Conte admitted that the managers did not have any influence on the Premier League’s decisions, accusing the governing body of already having made up their minds.

When asked about what was discussed in the meeting, the Tottenham head coach told Football.London: “I have to be honest, I think that it was a meeting that…yeah we tried to speak.

“Some coaches tried to speak to ask about solutions but I think everything was decided and yesterday was a wall. For this reason also, I prefer not to go into the discussion or conversation.”

Conte likened the meeting to talking to a wall, suggesting that nothing he or his colleagues said mattered. When asked if the meeting was a waste of time, the Italian responded: “I think so.”

When quizzed why that was the case, he said: “Because as I said before, when you have a wall in front of you, you can speak or ask what you want. But every decision was [already] taken.”

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I suspect one of the things that was discussed in the meeting was the possibility of allowing five substitutions through the busy Christmas period. Based on Conte’s words, it looks like the Premier League had no intention of making that change.

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