Spurs faced off with AS Roman in a friendly on Saturday the 30th of July and lost the tie 1-0.
Following that game, in which Ivan Perisic was handed a start, Antonio Conte urged the Croatian the continue working as he is not up to the Italian’s standards yet:
“He’s an important player because he’s really good. He moves forward, good in one v ones, and then he can use both feet and he was before a winger which us why he’s good in one v one,” Conte said.
“But he has to continue to work because at this moment he’s not the Ivan Perisic I know. That is normal though, but I’m happy because he reduced the time to recover from his injury.
“It was the same for Matthew, for Doherty. I hope to see him like last season and now he’s working and he’s struggling. We need to have patience. We need to give time for these players to be really fit.”
Conte sent a similar message to Spence in the same interview: “It will be very important for us, but then we have Sessegnon, that is a guarantee, also Emerson is good. There is the new player Spence. He is a guy who has to work a lot, because to go into Tottenham it’s different in the Premier League with Tottenham but in the end I’m happy.
“I’m happy because we’ve finished the pre-season and we want to start the season and have important games to get three points.”
Who will be Tottenham’s main wing-backs?
Being a wing-back in Conte’s side is very important to the success of the team as you have to provide a lot of the attacking threat.
Luckily for Conte, he currently has a plethora of options to choose from on both flanks.
Even if you assume Sergio Reguilon will be sold, which seems likely, Conte still has Ryan Sessegnon, Matt Doherty, Emerson Royal, Ivan Perisic and Djed Spence as options.