Stellini expects Spurs boss Conte to return 'this week'

Cristian Stellini expects Tottenham manager Antonio Conte to return ‘this week’ after missing Spurs’ 2-0 win over Chelsea as he continues to recover from a gallbladder operation

  • Tottenham beat Chelsea 2-0 in the absence of manager Antonio Conte
  • Goals from Oliver Skipp and Harry Kane put them four points clear of Newcastle 
  • Cristian Stellini said he expects the Italian boss to be back ‘this week’

Antonio Conte should be back in the Tottenham dugout within the week, said  assistant Spurs boss Cristian Stellini after their 2-0 win over Chelsea.

The Italian head coach is still currently recovering after having gallbladder surgery, which has seen him in and out of the Spurs dugout in recent weeks.

The 53-year-old missed his side’s 2-0 London derby win against West Ham last week, and was absent again on Sunday as Spurs won another local clash thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Oliver Skipp.

Speaking after the game, Stellini told the BBC: ‘Our desire was this to win, play a great game and to fight for every ball and we are happy for the fans, the club and of course for us and Antonio who is still at home.

‘My expectation is that Antonio [Conte] will be back this week.’

Tottenham beat Chelsea 2-0 on Sunday as they were led by Cristian Stellini

The Spurs Assistant boss  said he expects Antonio Conte  to be back ‘this week’

Harry Kane also spoke of the absent manager after the win, as he told Sky Sports: ‘We want our manager to be there but we know he’s doing the most important thing for him and his family. 

‘I’m sure he’s jumping up and down around the living room. Its nice to keep winning while he’s away.’

Tottenham’s win at the weekend has moved them four points clear of fifth-place Newcastle, who have to games in hand.

It also moved Conte’s side 14 points above Chelsea, who have now won just twice in their past 15 games and have only managed four goals this calendar year.

Spurs will next be in action when they face Sheffield United in the FA Cup  on Wednesday.

Oliver Skipp scored his first Spurs goal on Sunday in the 2-0 win over Chelsea

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