Antonio Conte says Tottenham are considering appealing UEFA’s decision to leave the Europa League – Sky Sports Breaking News 2021

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Conte called the decision of the UEFA Disciplinary Committee “incredible” and said the club could refer the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport; Eight players and five members of Tottenham’s staff tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of Rennes’ scheduled match

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte says UEFA’s decision to award Rennes a 3-0 win in their postponed Europa Conference League game is unfair

Antonio Conte says Tottenham are considering appealing UEFA’s “unfair” decision to award Rennes a 3-0 win in the postponed Europa League match.

Tottenham’s last group game against Rennes on 9 December was called off after the coronavirus outbreak at the London club.

UEFA later said that the match could not be rescheduled and referred the matter to the disciplinary body, with the result that Tottenham lost the match and thus were eliminated from the European Championship in the third tier.

Conte called the decision “unbelievable” and said the club could take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

“This is not final but there is another step to confirm or not confirm this amazing decision,” he said.

We are very confident about the next step and I repeat that we deserve to play qualifying on the pitch, not on the field. I cannot accept this. We are extremely disappointed with UEFA for this decision.

“It is definitely unfair. We deserve to play in order to qualify on the pitch, not in this way. I am very disappointed with UEFA’s decision.

“I don’t want to understand but I hope in the future, in the next step, something can change because we deserve to play in order to qualify on the pitch, not in this way. It’s not our fault.”

On the eve of the Rennes game earlier this month, Conte revealed eight players from Tottenham’s first-team squad and five members of staff have tested positive for Covid-19, leading to the closure of the first-team training centre.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Davinson Sanchez expressed his frustration on Monday with UEFA’s decision to rule the club lose its home match against Rennes.

“Having the right to play, it’s not fair to us (that UEFA says) that you are out of the competition,” he told Sky Sports News.

“More knowledge that you haven’t played the game due to the Covid cases.

“We prepared the match, we were focused, we were doing our best to play Rennes. It was the night before news came out that the match would not take place.

“I think it’s a bit unfair for us as a club, for our fans because it was a competition we’ve been struggling with away from home but we still have a chance to stay in the competition, so it’s totally unfair.”

Tottenham’s Davinson Sanchez says it’s ‘unfair’ that UEFA ruled the club forfeited their final Europa Conference League match against Rennes following a Covid-19 outbreak at the club

Tottenham are unbeaten in the Premier League under Conte – winning three points and drawing two – and although they are six points behind Arsenal in fourth, they have three games in hand.

“Conte is a great coach, you can see the impact he’s had on this group. The energy compared to what they were before, the pitch is electric, and he’s been fantastic here throughout the game.

“You can see him on the touchline. The emotions. He cares passionately and wants to win.

“He’ll be disappointed with the missed chances because I think he shaped his team perfectly, but he’s also proud and I know he has a good group of players here. We’ve been asking about that over the past 12-18 months.

“Was this team over the hill and was it spent under Mauricio Pochettino and with the quality of what they can get? But they showed today’s performance that can tell us they can really compete and push into the top four.

“He will create a little bit of fear in Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, West Ham, and all the others who aspire to stay there. This Tottenham team is going to be real in the next four to five months.”

“Harry Winks works hard. He impressed me in training sessions with his commitment, will and desire. I think he’s a really good player.”

Antonio Conte’s assessment of Winks will surprise some Spurs supporters who seemed ready to part with the 25-year-old midfielder, after his progress stalled. But Winks’ performance in the 2-2 draw against Liverpool showed something different.

The assumption was that Conte would be keen to bring in new players and that might still be the case. But one of the advantages of having a world-class manager is that he is able to impress more of the existing team. With Winks, early signs are promising…

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