‘Honestly, if I have to decide’ – Conte makes admission over semi-final against Chelsea

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Antonio Conte
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Antonio Conte has admited that he is looking forward to taking on his former club Chelsea in the Carabao Cup but admitted that he would prefer the semi-final to be a single-legged tie.

The semi-finals of the League Cup last season was modified to just one leg due to fixture congestion but the competition has reverted to the usual two-legged semi-final affair this time out.

After overcoming West Ham in a hard-fought game last night, Spurs will now face another London derby against Chelsea for a place in the final of the competition.

While Tottenham might not have the distraction of the Europa Conference League to worry about, they are still expected to have a very busy schedule over the next few months after three of their Premier League matches this month were postponed.

In light of that, Conte admitted that he would prefer to play his former club in a one-legged semi-final over 90 minutes.

The Spurs head coach told Football.London about the semi-final: “Honestly, if I have to decide, maybe it would be to play one game and not two games.

“Especially for the situation we are living. We have to respect the rules.”

Conte spent two years at Stamford Bridge between 2016 and 2018, with the Italian winning a Premier League title and a FA Cup during his time with the Blues.

When asked about returning to his old stomping ground with Spurs, he said: “For sure it would be nice and good to play against Chelsea for me.

“I spent two amazing seasons with Chelsea and I enjoyed a lot and everything there. Now I’m the manager of Tottenham and I’m ready to give everything for this club.

“When you reach the semi-final, for sure in England to lift a trophy is very, very difficult. You find Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham, and West Ham eliminated United and City.

“In England, the level is very, very high. Now we’ll have Chelsea. It’s a good game.”

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The semi-final against Chelsea will prove quite difficult, particularly given that Thomas Tuchel’s men might be out of the title race at that point. So, there is every chance that they will field a full-strength eleven for the two legs. What could work to Tottenham’s advantage is the fact that we play the second leg at home.

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