Conte not happy about quick Premier League restart
Published: Dec 25, 2022 10:19 PM
Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte is "not really happy" that the Premier League will resume just eight days after the World Cup and hinted he might rest players for the Boxing Day match at Brentford.

Out of the 12 Tottenham players who featured in Qatar, Conte has ruled France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and ­Argentina's Cristian Romero, who played in the final on December 18, out of Monday's game.

"It is a strange situation and honestly to play so quickly, only one week after the World Cup, I am not really happy," Conte said in comments published in British media on Sunday.

"It is impossible to give them a lot of rest and for sure with the players that didn't play the World Cup and we work for four weeks. 

"Now they are at a level that is better than the players who finished the World Cup.

"For this reason I think I have to make the best decision for the game against Brentford," Conte said, adding that the players who returned from the World Cup are "not at the top" level at the moment.

Tottenham are fourth in the table on 29 points after 15 matches, eight points behind leaders Arsenal who have a game in hand.