Antonio Conte: Spurs squad 'a bit scared' after 'serious' Covid outbreak
Antonio Conte has described Tottenham’s Covid outbreak as ‘serious’ and says everyone at the club is ‘a bit scared’ following the sharp rise in cases.
Eight players and five members of Spurs’ backroom team have now tested positive but Conte has indicated that he expects that number to rise.
Spurs have requested that their Premier League fixture against Brighton this postponed following the outbreak.
However, Spurs are still due to play their Europa Conference League fixture against Rennes on Thursday evening as UEFA’s rules state that clubs must fulfil their fixtures if they have 13 players, including a goalkeeper, available.
‘Eight players and five members of staff but the problem is that every day we’re having people with Covid, people that yesterday weren’t positive and today are and we’re continuing to have contact with people we think they are negative but after they become positive. I think it’s a serious problem,’ said Conte.
‘The situation is serious. Today one player and one member of staff positive. The worst is we don’t know. Tomorrow, who? Me? Another player? Another member of staff? We continue in this way.
‘It’s a pity, I want to speak about football. To speak about Covid is not a good thing for you, the fans, for football.
Every day we are having contact with people who are false-negative, become positive and then everyone is a bit scared, we have families. I ask why we have to take this risk?
‘Yesterday we had two positives, today we trained and after another two positives. Tomorrow, who? Me? Maybe it’s better me than a player, for sure.
‘It’s not right for everyone because we have families, we have contact with our family when we come back home.
‘Today, to speak about football is impossible. The situation made me very upset. I think the situation is serious. It is contagious, there is a big infection. Now, for sure, we are a bit scared because tomorrow we don’t know what will happen.’
When asked about vaccinations in his Spurs squad, Conte replied: ‘I think this is a question for the medical department. I can answer this question for myself, I’m vaccinated, I think everyone takes the best decision and this is a question for the doctors and whether they are vaccinated or not.’
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