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  • Updated: March 07, 2023

Spurs: Conte Breaks Silence On Returning Ahead Of Schedule

Spurs: Conte Breaks Silence On Returning Ahead Of Schedule

Antonio Conte

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has broken his silence on returning ahead of schedule to lead his team in a Champions League decider against AC Milan.

The 53-year-old Italian had been absent from the dugout since Tottenham's Champions League round of 16 first-leg against AC Milan last month.

He was forced to stay on the sidelines after undergoing surgery to remove his gallbladder.

His assistant Christian Stellini oversaw Tottenham's four matches in his absence, which includes successive 2-0 wins over West Ham and Chelsea as well as successive 1-0 defeats to Sheffield United in the FA Cup and Wolves in the Premier League.

Addressing the media on concerns over his health after returning ahead of schedule for the AC Milan clash, the gaffer said: "I wanted to come back after the game against Sheffield United but the doctor stopped me and said 'now you have to listen to me and to wait'.

"I wanted to come back early but in this case I had to respect the doctor, and also the Tottenham doctors because they were really worried after the game against Milan in the first leg.

"For this reason I only came back on Sunday. Now I repeat I am well."

When quizzed on his hopes for Champions League success: he added: "If you ask me if I want to win the Champions League I tell you yes. 

"Then there is the reality - we have to be ready to go game by game. 

"Tomorrow the obstacle is Milan and we have to beat them by two goals if we want to go to the next round."

He continued: "The pressure is normal - we have to live with this type of pressure. 

"One thing that maybe we have to try to improve in the environment here is how to live with the pressure. 

"This means that sometimes we are a bit stressed and not always to be in peace with yourself, but to test yourself and put pressure on you in a positive way. 

"In this aspect, we can improve a lot."  

Conte however thanked his coaching staff for their work in his absence, insisting that he has "recovered energy" to lead from the dugout.

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