Tottenham Hotspur manager, Antonio Conte, has said he’s not best pleased to be playing so quickly after the World Cup and has hinted he will select those who have remained in England for this afternoon’s clash at Brentford.
The Premier League resumes merely a week after Spurs duo Hugo Lloris and Cristian Romero battled it out in Qatar to win the World Cup.
While Conte has already confirmed the World Cup finalists will not play on Monday, the Italian has a decision to make over Croatia’s Ivan Perisic as well as England pair Harry Kane and Eric Dier after the trio all made the last eight.
“It is a strange situation and honestly to play so quickly – only one week after the World Cup – I am not really happy,” he said.
“In one hand, you are happy because for my club, Tottenham, to have 12 players at the World Cup it means that we are in the right way to try to be competitive and to try in the future to win something.
“But it is normal that when you have so many players play a tournament like this, especially during the season, that now it is not easy because the physical condition is not at the top.”
Brentford team news
Team to play Tottenham: Raya; Zanka, Mee, Pinnock; Roerslev, Norgaard, Jensen, Janelt; Henry; Toney, Mbeumo.
Substitutes: Cox, Goode, Canos, Dasilva, Wissa, Ghoddos, Jansson, Lewis-Potter, Damsgaard.
Tottenham team news
Team to play Brentford: Forster, Tanganga, Lenglet, Dier, Doherty, Hojbjerg, Bissouma, Perisic, Kulusevski, Kane, Son.
Subs: Lloris, Sanchez, Sarr, Davies, Royal, Sessegnon, White, Skipp, Gil.