Tottenham Hotspur - BBC SportAntonio Conte has been speaking to the media before the first leg Tottenham's Champions League last-16 tie against AC Milan on Tuesday. Here are the key lines from his news conference:Conte said his spell away from the team to have gallbladder surgery was "really difficult" because of his "sense of responsibility". He added that, while he is "still not 100%", it is "important to be with the players".
But, assistant boss Cristian Stellini - doing media duties while Antonio Conte recovers - said "after the goal we lost 10 or 12 tackles". Stellini said "we have to apologise" and also cited last season's win over City followed by a defeat against Burnley. That has to change he added. To make matters worse, Fraser Forster - who will have to cover for Hugo Lloris for several weeks - conceded four, Pedro Porro had a disappointing debut and Rodrigo Bentancur is their latest injury. There was no update on the midfielder in the post-game interviews, but he looked in a bad way, needing oxygen after what appeared to be a knee injury. What now for Spurs? Literally nobody can know - including those at the club. Tп»їhe confirmed Leicester and Tottenham team news is in, with kick-off at King Power Stadium just under an hour away. Fп»їollow live updates, plus the rest of Saturday's action hereTottenham captain Hugo Lloris is out after he injured knee ligaments during last weekend's win over Manchester City.
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WeвЂ™re disappointed. We have to apologise because our performance wasnвЂ™t good enough. The last game was a great win. We have to be consistent in our performance. Our approach was not bad but we struggled too much. "If you look afterwards you find something bad in every goal [in general]. Their first goal was a great goal. The second ball in a set-piece was good.
But Pioli, one of five Italian coaches to reach the last 16, also praised fellow countryman Antonio Conte who will lead Tottenham again after his recent surgery. Pioli added: “This is a difficult challenge, it’s inevitable for a Round of 16 game. Conte is a great coach and one of the few colleagues who have called me to congratulate me on the title. “Ancelotti is a legend but so is Conte, Spalletti.
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Defender Cristian Romero is suspended after being sent off in that match, while midfielder Yves Bissouma will have surgery on a fractured ankle. Leicester City defender Ricardo Perreira has recovered from a ruptured Achilles and is available for the first time this season. Midfielder Wilfred Ndidi returns after missing the win over Aston Villa. Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers has suggested that this weekend will come too soon for Boubakary Soumare and Jonny Evans, who have been sidelined with respective thigh and calf issues.
But you have to continue to play like we started the game. We have lost too many tackles, too many duels. This comes from strength inside of you. We have to apologise we didnвЂ™t show today. "It happened also last season after we beat Manchester City, we lost against Burnley. ItвЂ™s not changing. We want to change. We have to work on this aspect. You have to change this. That has to come from inside of you, inside of the team. You have to show the desire. Today only in the start of the game we showed this.
They were on unbelievable goalscoring form but for some reason they have not found their form even though Harry Kane is in the form of his life. " Listen to Football Daily on BBC SoundsTottenham assistant boss Cristian Stellini to BBC Sport: "Our approach to the game was not really bad. We scored. We had an advantage in that moment. Our game changed completely. "We struggled a lot, we suffered, we lost after the goal 10 or 12 tackles.
The club has become erratic. Time for a change. An awful loss to a sub-par team. The signings made this season have not been good enough for a club of Tottenham's stature. Ernest: Sadly I was there. One of the most abject performances I've seen. Still trying to play a system that we don't have the players to execute and there seems to be no plan B. All the more shocking on the back of the game against Manchester City last week. Were some of the players saving themselves for the Champions League game? Unacceptable! Still yet to catch up on all the action from the Premier League fixtures on Friday and Saturday? Watch Match of the Day on BBC iPlayer nowAnd, if you missed Sunday's Match of the Day 2, you can find it hereImage source, Getty ImagesFormer Tottenham defender Stephen Kelly says rediscovering Son Heung-minвЂ™s form will be key if Antonio ConteвЂ™s side are to stand any chance of finishing in the top four this season.
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Predict the Leicester line-upWho will make Spurs' starting XI? Image source, Getty ImagesFor the latest round of Premier League predictions, Chris Sutton is up against Oli Shasha, bassist with indie band FEET and a West Ham fan. Sutton's prediction: 1-2I was at King Power Stadium to see Tottenham nick the points in absolutely stunning style in this fixture last season, when Steven Bergwijn scored twice in injury time to give them a 3-2 win. It could be just as close this time around too.
Maybe we thought it was an easy game but it's never an easy game. "On boss Antonio Conte: "HeвЂ™s OK. HeвЂ™s absolutely disappointed at the moment. He has to take it easy in this moment and find the energy. When heвЂ™ll feel better for sure heвЂ™ll come back like normal but he needs time. "Emlyn Begley, BBC SportSpurs hoped that post-Manchester City defeat team meeting had been a turning point in their season with three straight wins. They came into this one in the highest of confidence after beating champions City last weekend. And after taking the lead they should have been buzzing.
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