Spurs take on Liverpool in their next Premier League match and Antonio Conte seems to have a very clear idea of what his players need to do to be able to pick up three points at Anfield.
The first thing he has pointed out is that his Spurs players need to rattle Liverpool’s cage or else the home side will just breeze through it. Conte pointed to how Liverpool cooly cut open Villarreal in the 2nd half of their Champions League semi-final.
“We know in this moment it is very difficult to play against Liverpool, because they are in really good form,” Conte said, as quoted.
“I watched the game against Villarreal and it was incredible the calm that the team showed in a difficult situation, because after the first half they were 2-0 down and the atmosphere was very, very difficult for Liverpool.
“I have seen great composure, great calm of the team, and now they know that the team is strong, the team is I think one of the best teams in the world with Manchester City.”
The second aspect he has pointed out is a tactical one where he’s stressed the fact that his players need to keep their focus when they do have the ball because that’s when the tide will shift.
“We have prepared for the game very well, and I think we need to be very good without the ball, to be good defensively, but if we want to win we have to be very good with the ball,” Conte added.
“I said to my players, we need to play a good game and be brave when we have the ball.
“Don’t be scared of the pressure and to find a solution because I think we improved a lot, and we can go there to play and to try to get three points.”
Liverpool showed an uncanny level of calm in that Villarreal match and that’s one trait which is only found in the best of the best. Spurs had actually managed to hold Liverpool to a 2-2 draw in December so we wouldn’t put a similar result past us this time around as well.
The Tottenham Hotspur players will probably fight like their lives depended on it because Antonio Conte isn’t staying at the club without Champions League football next season. Conte will surely head out if Spurs finish out of the top four so Liverpool should be in for a tough 90 minutes on Saturday.
Liverpool might still be able to see this one through but there’s no doubt that Liverpool’s defence are going to be under massive pressure from the likes of Kulusevski, Kane and Son.