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Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has declared that Ivan Perisic, Matt Doherty and Djed Spence have quite a lot of work to do to be ready for his or her Premier League season opener against Southampton next week. Spurs were beaten by former manager Jose Mourinho’s Roma of their final friendly on Saturday night and tackle the Saints this coming Saturday. 

Perisic and Doherty have struggled with small knocks throughout pre-season and Conte hopes that the pair can get on top of things. Latest signing Spence has also been told he must work ‘loads’ to be able to playing within the Premier League regularly. 

Spurs were beaten 1-0 by Roma and former manager Jose Mourinho in Israel on Saturday. Roger Ibanez scored the sport’s only goal just before half-time, but Conte said he saw positive signs from summer addition Perisic. 

Conte wants him and fellow wing-back Doherty to proceed to enhance. The Italian told journalists of Perisic: “He’s a very important player because he’s really good. He moves forward, good in a single v ones, after which he can use each feet and he was before a winger which us why he’s good in a single v one.

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“I’m completely satisfied because we have finished the pre-season and we wish to begin the season and have vital games to get three points.”

Spurs seemed poised to be one of the best of the remaining within the Premier League. Chelsea’s tough summer has prompted many to predict Conte’s side to complete third behind Manchester City and Liverpool. 

A successful transfer window has seen the north Londoners make six additions to their squad. Perisic, Spence, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and Clement Lenglet have all joined. 

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