Cesc Fabregas has revealed that Antonio Conte does not get too attached to any of his players, and will always make decisions that he feels will be of help to the team.
Conte’s decision to drop Son Heung-min against Leicester City ahead of the international break raised some eyebrows but the South Korean responded in perfect fashion, netting a 13-minute hat-trick after he was introduced in the second half.
The Spurs boss insisted after the game that his players need to get used to being rotated if they want to compete for top honours (Footall.London).
The 53-year-old has also been reluctant to use some of Tottenham’s summer signings so far this season, even publicly admitting a couple of weeks ago that Yves Bissouma was “struggling tactically” (Football.London).
Fabregas, who won the title at Chelsea under Conte in 2016-17, has now explained how his former boss is not afraid of making ruthless decisions.
“A very, very smart guy, he controls everything. He got rid of [Branislav] Ivanovic club legend, [Diego] Costa our best striker – he doesn’t get attached to anybody.
“He does what he believes is the best decision for him and the club. He says a lot the word suffer and he says humility a lot. He believes a lot in the team rather than individuals. The team is always the most important for everyone in Italy.”
Meanwhile, Peter Crouch insisted that Tottenham simply cannot afford to lose Conte if they wish to close the gap with the best sides in the Premier League.
The former Spurs striker said: “He’s (Conte) the most important part of the Spurs project, they were so far behind previously. The immediate impact has been telling.”
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There is no doubt that Conte always puts the needs of the team first. However, the Italian can also be quite stubborn, as we have already seen at Spurs.
For all the talk of rotation, he has not really been too keen to play some of the squad players, unless he has been forced to do so due to injuries. Hopefully, that will change over the coming weeks, with matches now coming thick and fast.
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