Conte hopes ‘Del Boy’ stops Spurs being plonkers after shock Del Piero visit

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After receiving a few words of advice from Del Boy – Harry Kane hopes to build NS Mura’s plankers.

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The Tottenham striker and his team-mates travel to Slovenia for their final Europa Conference League group clash.

Alessandro Del Piero visits Antonio Conte’s Tottenham in the week before his NS Mura tiecredit: Instagram @spursofficial
Tottenham train ahead of their final Europa Conference League game this week

Tottenham train ahead of their final Europa Conference League game this weekcredit: getty

It may seem like an anti-climax for the people of North London after their meeting with European football royalty on Tuesday.


Italy and Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero made a surprise visit to Tottenham’s Anfield training headquarters.

Spurs boss Antonio Conte said: “He was in London as a guest for Sky for the Chelsea vs Juventus game.

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“Nice to see him. We played together, I coached him and we won a lot in our careers. Nice to see him after a long time.

“It was good for Harry to see Alessandro and it was good for Alessandro to see him.

“Did he have some advice for that? Yes they are two world class strikers.

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“Alessandro was cheered on by all the players and it was good for us.”

Despite Conte’s resolve to make several changes to his team, Kane is set to lead the line for Spurs again tonight.

The Italian said yesterday: “All available players will join us. He should be ready to play against Mura.

“I said on Sunday that I need to build rotation because there are players who are a little tired because they have played many matches with the national team and we have worked a lot in the last two weeks.

“There are other players who need game time.

“This competition is important for us. We want to take this sustainability seriously and we want to move on to the next step.

“Of course I will do the rotation because personally I need to get to know the players better because there are players that I need to see during a game and a competition.”

But Conte fears that Cristian Romero’s injury is more serious than he first thought.

On-loan Atalanta defender Romero missed a 2-1 win over Leeds on Sunday after injuring his hamstring while playing for Argentina during the international break.

He is due to undergo another scan in the coming days to ascertain the full extent of the problem.

But Conte added: “To be honest, I think his injury is serious. But we’ll have to wait.

“I don’t know how long it will take him to recover. Certainly his injury is more serious than that of Giovanni Lo Celso or Dane Scarlett.

“We’ll have to wait for the next scan and then the doctor can give more details about his recovery dates.”

Lo Celso was also injured while playing for Argentina, while strike prospect Scarlett sustained an ankle injury in training.

Ryan Sessegon set to make his first start since August after hamstring injury

Ryan Sessegon set to make his first start since August after hamstring injurycredit: getty

But Ryan Sessegon is set to make his first start since August after recovering from a hamstring problem.

And he admits he saw a psychologist to help him overcome his difficult start at the club.

Sessegon was one of the most sought-after youngsters in Europe when he joined Spurs from Fulham in August 2019 for £25m, but injuries and a number of manager changes limited his attendance to just 15.

He revealed: “It has been very difficult. People very close to me know how much it affected me.

“But the good people around me helped, family and friends.

“And I got a little one-on-one help from someone who was very nice to me. The psychology side of it.

“I hope this will start my career at Tottenham.

“The formation the new manager played is perfect for me. Playing in that left wing-back position is probably where I feel most comfortable playing and it suits me too.

“That’s the position I started with at Fulham because everybody knew I was a left-back. And then got pushed forward, so it’s perfect when you combine the two.”

Conte said: “Ryan has great potential in my opinion.

“We have seen earlier that he has suffered a lot of injuries. Now we are trying to work with him the right way.

“With this type of player, it is very important to push your engine at a high level during training and have good training sessions. This is how you train to bring high intensity and levels of performance during the game.

“We have been working with him for the past two weeks, now he is ready to start the game.

“And I can’t wait to see his performance because he’s a talented player, very young with a lot of room for improvement.

“Now it’s important to give him the regularity to try to avoid injury and to give him the opportunity to be available for every game.”

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