- Oct 4, 2023
- Nov 25, 2022
Tottenham Hotspur defender Clement Lenglet will not play Sunday’s Premier League clash with Chelsea due to a muscle issue while midfielder Oliver Skipp will also be out for two weeks after fracturing his foot, manager Antonio Conte said today.
The 27-year-old Lenglet, who joined Spurs on a season-long loan from Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona in the close season, played in the 4-1 victory over Southampton last weekend but Conte said he was not willing to risk the Frenchman.
“With Lenglet, it’s a problem of fatigue. He’s a bit tired in his abductor, the muscle. Nothing serious, only precaution. But it isn’t good to take a stupid risk. He’s had a training session apart, but I think that will be good for him.”
“I don’t think he’s available for the game against Chelsea. He had a little problem,” Conte told reporters. “Skipp, I think will be out for a couple of weeks.
Conte, who helped Spurs to get to fourth place last season for an automatic Champions League spot, said he was happy with how they had bolstered their squad following the arrivals of Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Djed Spence, Ivan Perisic, and Fraser Forster.
“We improved… but I know I can’t have everything quickly. It would be foolish to ask for a lot of players and spend a lot of money,” Conte said.
“We’re doing the right things with common sense, not to spend the money on many players. This is not the politics of the club, I understand this.”
The Italian also addressed their heavy dependence on forwards Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, who got together to score 40 league goals last season.
“These are two important players, but at the same time we need to find different solutions,” Conte said.
“The way we attack gives us different solutions. A team with ambition needs many solutions to score. At the same time, we have to be solid defensively.”