‘Lose a bit of identity’ – Conte explains stance on rotating his Spurs team this week

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Antonio Conte
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Antonio Conte has admitted rotating his Tottenham team ‘won’t be easy’ ahead of his side’s meeting with Southampton and he will make a late decision as to which players will come in and drop out. 

The encounter at St Mary’s comes less than 48 hours after Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, which lifted the club ahead of London rivals West Ham into fifth in the Premier League. 

The win against the Eagles is Tottenham’s fourth in all competitions over the festive period, though Spurs are two games down over some of the sides around them after their matches against Brighton and Leicester were postponed due to Covid-related reasons. 

However, with a tight fixture turnaround still prevalent, Conte and his backroom staff could have a selection headache in terms of managing minutes and fitness.

The Italian admitted it is a challenging period to manage, and he will make key decisions on who will play and who will drop out against the Saints on the day of the game. 

He said (via Football.London): “It is not easy for us, for every team to play after 48 hours is not simple. When you have this type of situation if you have a strong squad it’s easier, because you can make rotation and try to give rest and have a fresher team.

“We will see tomorrow because I want to understand the real physical condition of my squad. It’s normal when you change many players that it’s not simple.

“You can have a fresh team on one hand but on the other you can lose a bit of identity. We will try and make the best decision but it won’t be easy.”

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The festive period is always incredibly tough on managers and players alike, and is made to be more challenging with Covid still kicking about. But this is where the top managers earn their money, and you’d expect Conte to be able to make the best decisions for the team. 

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