Ivan Perisic and Yves Busoma are doubts for Tottenham debuts against Southampton, confirms Antonio Conte

Perisic suffered a calf injury playing for Inter Milan on the final day of last season but featured for more than 70 minutes in Spurs’ friendly defeat by Roma in Israel last weekend.

Basuma, who missed the majority of the club’s pre-season tour of South Korea with Covid, tweaked his hamstring in Haifa and is also a doubt to start, while record signing Richter Lisson is suspended. And Oliver Skip has a broken leg.

On Perisic, Conte said: “After a serious injury it’s normal to struggle a bit to get back to the best physical condition. Honestly, I’m surprised because he’s shortened his recovery time. We’re really happy. .

At the same time we are not worried but we have to give him some attention to give him adequate time to adapt to 100 percent recovery after the injury.

But I know him well and he is a great addition for us. It will be really important for the young players to experience it. [Ryan] Sessegnon is a player who plays in the same role. Ivan can teach him to improve many situations.

“We have the same situation as Ivan with Matthew. [Doherty]Conte added. “Matthew had a serious injury and I think worse than Ivan. Now he’s doing a lot more. He’s had a little time to get back as fit as last season. Last season I think. Mathew played very well. We need to be a little patient at the moment. He needs a little patience but is doing very well to get fit early.”

Conte agreed to stay at Spurs for another year shortly after guiding them back to the Champions League on the final day of last season.

After bolstering his squad with six summer signings, the Italian spoke more positively about his long-term stay at the club, with Pep Guardiola’s longevity at Manchester City and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp as the top two this term. benefited again.

“We are talking about two of the best clubs in the world working with the same coach for seven years,” Conte said. “Now they are in a position in my opinion that is very difficult for others to close the gap. But we have to do it.

Antonio Conte is preparing his Tottenham team to face Southampton.

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“If you’re with the same manager for a number of years and you have continuity, and you carry on an idea and you carry on a vision, it’s definitely for the club to get better and grow season by season. is the best situation.

“Because then the approach is the same, it’s not a different approach with another manager. Certainly, to have a coach for many years, you reduce the time because you give continuity in the work together – the manager, the club. And the players.

“I think it is important. For me, after seven months, it is now easier to work with the players because the players know what I want and now we can put their knowledge of football into practice. “So we can work on other aspects and we can develop in the tactical aspect, the physical aspect and the mental aspect. The aspect because you know each other and I think that’s very important.”

Asked about Spurs’ ambitions this season, Conte joked: “Why not win the Champions League and the Premier League?

“I think my goal and the club’s goal is to try to improve the process we started seven months ago.

We should not be arrogant or arrogant and know only one word: work.

“It doesn’t mean that if you lift a trophy or win the Premier League or the Champions League, or you get a place in the Champions League, you have achieved your goal. It means that we have to try to develop in every aspect.

“Because my experience tells me that we are going in the right direction but at the same time I know that the club needed another step before competing with the top team in the league and in Europe.

“We must not be arrogant or arrogant and know only one word: work. Try to improve on and off the pitch to become a top club.

“We are in the right direction, we are improving and our goal is to improve the situation and increase our value on and off the pitch.”