Conte hopes Ben Davies injury blow is ‘nothing serious’ as ‘dangerous’ Tottenham tactics issue named

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Antonio Conte, Tottenham pre-season July 2022 Credit: PA Images
Antonio Conte, Tottenham pre-season July 2022 Credit: PA Images

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte feels “very happy” at the end of his side’s South Korean pre-season camp, but Ben Davies’ injury sees it end on sour note.

Spurs have now ticked off the first two games of their preparatory schedule ahead of the new season. After a 6-3 goal-fest win over Team K League, they drew 1-1 with Sevilla on Saturday.

Harry Kane netted for the second game in a row following a Son Heung-min assist, before Ivan Rakitic replied.

Tottenham now return to the British Isles to prepare for a clash with Rangers next Saturday.

But Conte has insisted that he feels proud of the work his players have got through already in pre-season, adding that they still have lots of work to do – especially in possession and when facing counter-attacks.

“First of all my targets and also my staff targets were to work with the players and to have double training sessions because during the pre-season you have more time to work with the team on the tactical and physical aspects,” the manager told his post-match press conference.

“This week in Korea I am very happy because we worked a lot and at the same time we enjoyed and played two friendlies. I think the first game was friendly and this one was a real game.

“Today was good to see my team play with high pressure and run. For sure we have to try to improve in possession.

“For sure we lost balls that were dangerous but I think it’s normal because we start to feel the fatigue.”

Conte confirms Ben Davies injury

However, there was a sour note to end Spurs’ South Korea tour in an ankle injury to defender Ben Davies.

The left-back – who has found a new lease of life as a centre-back under Conte – came on at half time against Sevilla but could not complete the second period.

“He finished the game with a bit of pain in his ankle,” Conte said of Wales international Davies.

“I hope nothing serious. The rest of the people is okay and we still have [Yves] Bissouma and Fraser [Forster] with Covid.

“Next week on Wednesday they will return to us. Everyone else ok, [Ivan] Perisic I hope to give him 20 to 30 minutes in the next game against Rangers.”

Tottenham have fresh pre-season targets

Conte has no doubt seen promising early signs of his summer transfer business at Tottenham paying dividends.

Now, though, the target is to get Bissouma, Forster and Perisic involved.

The former pair will have wanted to play their part in pre-season up to now, with Perisic also looking to make his mark.

There is the potential for them to be introduced against Rangers given their spells out with coronavirus and the lack of pre-season integration.

Tottenham will also want to integrate wing-back Djed Spence amid his arrival from Middlesbrough.

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