Conte: I’m not worried about players who get distracted by via of the World Cup

LONDON: Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has expressed his lack of concern about the desire of his players or the possibility of their concentration being distracted during the first part of the season due to the World Cup, which will be held in several months. Tottenham starts their campaign tomorrow, Saturday in English Premier League against its host, Southampton, but there will be a rest period in November and December for the conduct of the World Cup in Qatar. The British news agency “BA Media” reported that the date of the Qatar 2022 World Cup has been moved in winter instead of the original date in summer due to high temperatures in Qatar, but the former Italian coach is not afraid that the tournament will affect the attention of his players. When asked if his players would protect themselves for fear of injury, Conte confirmed: “Frankly, this doesn’t interest me.” He added: “I was a player. When you go to play a match and you want to win it, you don’t think about the possibility of getting injured or the risk of getting injured and not playing the World Cup “. He added: “Honestly, players are very focused on going step by step and playing each game at a time. For us, I repeat, we have 3 important trophies in England, then we’ll play in an important tournament that is the Champions League “. He added: “I know my players, their desire and their will, and what we have done to achieve this. Frankly, I am not worried about this situation. “The English Premier League will stop after the end of the round, which will be held on November 12, and will resume only in” Boxing Day “, just a week after the end of the World Cup.” teams will have problems, “Conte said. The same problems will be faced by Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, us, Arsenal, West Ham, Nottingham Forest, the latest promoted teams in English Premier League. And he added: “It will be the first time that we face this situation, which sees the suspension of the championship and the loss of players for a month and a half, and then we will resume the competition with players who do not know how to do it”. they will return after the end of their participation in the World Cup ”. “For this season, I think it is very important to have a strong team, to increase the number of players,” he added. He stressed: “I think every club it should give the coach the opportunity to have an important number of players in team, due to injuries, stress, many situations, things will be difficult for each team and for the club in this season. . ” (Dpa)