Antonio Conte’s training ‘fear’ as Tottenham boss delays press conference by over an hour

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Tottenham boss Antonio Conte was almost 90 minutes late to his Friday press conference ahead of this weekend’s trip to Everton. According to reports, the Italian held the team back for extra training time, which should come as no surprise based on the key fear he expressed after Spurs held on to beat Vitesse Arnhem 3-2 on Thursday night. 

Despite murmurs that Conte’s brand of football was overly defensive and not exciting enough, the Italian’s first game against Vitesse was the exact opposite. 

Spurs raced into a 3-0 lead within half an hour, but the Dutch side fashioned an unlikely comeback to push Conte’s side to the wire. 

Three red cards were thrown into the encounter for good measure, but the north London side clung on to retain hope of UEFA Conference League knockout qualification. 

After the final whistle, the club’s new boss claimed he was ‘a bit afraid’ of having minimal training time before the upcoming international break. 

“I have just arrived, only two days,” said the Italian.

“In one day I have to prepare the game against Everton, and then many players they have to go with national teams. We need time. We need time to work.

“This is the only aspect that I am a bit scared, a bit afraid. But I know that there is this type of situation, and for this reason, we need a bit of patience.”

His reservations became obvious on Friday when Conte kept journalists waiting for almost 90 minutes while he held back the Spurs squad to train over time. 

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