Tottenham Hotspur will probably be without Dejan Kulusevski for Everton’s visit to north London this weekend after the Swedish winger suffered an injury setback in training on Thursday. Nonetheless, Antonio Conte has fired a warning on the Toffees as Spurs look to proceed their perfect record on home soil this season.
Kulusevski looked set to recuperate from a minor hamstring strain and return to motion against Frank Lampard’s side on Saturday afternoon. But he’s been sent for an MRI scan and can be expected to miss next Wednesday’s high-profile trip to face Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Despite the 22-year-old’s prolonged absence, Conte is in high spirits in regards to the threat his current front three possesses. Ex-Everton star Richarlison has joined Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in Conte’s first-choice attack in recent weeks, and the Italian head coach has admitted the trio has proved him mistaken in how well they’re combining.
He said: “Initially, I had some doubts about putting all of them together, but when it happened, I at all times had an amazing answer about Richy, Sonny and Kane because we’re talking about three strikers who work loads for the team.
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“This is the reason I feel we are able to play with these three strikers because they provide us quite a lot of potentialities offensively, but at the identical time, defensively, now we have a very good balance. After we play with three strikers, you may have to know that your style of game is more direct – not with quite a lot of possession because you may have three strikers, only two midfielders.”
Tottenham have been dominant at home this season, winning all six games and scoring 19 goals. And with 4 of their final six outings before the World Cup on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Conte will probably be keen to proceed the momentum and be in contact with Premier League pace-setters Arsenal and Manchester City.
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“Needless to say, we wish to proceed this good run at home,” Conte added. “It gives you quite a lot of energy, positive energy because our fans, from the beginning until the top, they push us in a robust way. I feel this energy on the bench, and I feel my players feel it on the pitch. We have now to try to take advantage of this after we play at home.”
Tottenham currently trail league leaders Arsenal by 4 points and can have to be considered title contenders in the event that they’re still in contact once the Premier League season resumes on Boxing Day. But Everton are sure to offer a stern test for Conte’s front three this weekend, with the Toffees in quest of a 3rd win in 4 games.
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