Antonio Conte was asked to explain Tanguy Ndombele’s absence from the match day squad for the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg defeat to Chelsea.
Conte named the relatively inexperienced Harvey White among his substitutes with the French international nowhere to be seen in the match day squad.
Ndombele was jeered as he walked slowly off the pitch by some sections of the Spurs fans while they were still 1-0 down against League One side Morecambe at the weekend and headed straight down the tunnel to the dressing room.
The 25-year-old has made nine Premier League appearances this season and has only once completed a full 90 minutes (transfermarkt).
Following the 3-0 aggregate loss to Chelsea, Conte was quizzed about the whereabouts of the midfielder and claimed it was a technical situation, while also revealing he had to follow the club’s line.
🗣 "There is the club line and I have to follow the club line."
Antonio Conte explains why Tanguy Ndombele was not included in Tottenham's squad to face Chelsea pic.twitter.com/a0w9mPpgpL
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 12, 2022
In his Sky interview Conte said re Ndombele's absence: "It was a tactical decision but I don't take the decision if I don't consult the club. There is the club line and I have to follow the club line." #THFC
— Jonathan Veal (@jonathandveal83) January 12, 2022
It seems as if Ndombele has been punished for his actions over his attitude shown on the pitch against Morecambe and rightly so. The sooner the club can look to move him off the wage bill, the better for all concerned.
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