Spurs boss Conte says managers meet like they’re talking to a wall – Football Sport

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Tottenham postponed three games in December due to Covid-19

On Monday, the league decided to continue playing over the Christmas period.

Three games on December 26th have now been postponed, bringing the total to 13, while players and club staff sent back a record 90 positive tests last week.

When asked whether the meeting was a waste of time, Conte said: “I think so.”

The Italian added: “Yesterday it was [like talking to] a wall and for that reason I prefer not to go into it.”

The Premier League declined to comment and BBC Sport was told that Spurs boss Conte did not contribute to any discussion within the meeting.

On Thursday, Liverpool v Leeds and Wolves v Watford were postponed due to coronavirus, while the Boxing Day game between Burnley and Everton was canceled on Friday.

Spurs, who occupy seventh place in the table, were hit hard by the virus as two league games were postponed and their last Europa Conference League game was forfeited after being unable to play.

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“If I have to be honest it was a meeting where we tried to speak and some coaches tried to speak to ask for solutions but I think everything was decided,” added Conte.

“Because when you have a wall in front of you, you can speak and ask what you want, but every decision has been made.”

At Monday’s meeting, clubs were advised that they should play their games when they have 13 fit players plus a goalkeeper.

Norwich boss Dean Smith added: “We went to a meeting of the [Premier League Managers] yesterday where the decisions were already being made.

“They [the Premier League] have decided that the season will go on as it has been and we have to play the games now, so we have to deal with it as best we can.”

Crystal Palace CEO Patrick Vieira added: “At a meeting like this with 20 managers, it’s difficult to get your ideas across.

“When the meeting is over, just try to understand what the outcome of the meeting was and what the meeting was for. I still haven’t understood what the outcome of the meeting was. “

Amid the spike in cases, Liverpool and England midfielder Jordan Henderson told BBC Sport earlier this week that he was “concerned” that “no one is taking the wellbeing of players seriously”.

Meanwhile, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has raised the possibility of players going on strike over their welfare.

He said he doesn’t think this will happen, but a strike might be the only way to get the authorities to listen.

Norwich has “fresh” Covid cases

Smith said on Friday that it was “madness” that his team had to play two games in 48 hours despite further Covid cases in the squad.

The Canaries, bottom of the table and three points for safety reasons, will receive Arsenal on Sunday at 15:00 GMT before playing away at Crystal Palace on Tuesday at 15:00.

Smith said Norwich, which hasn’t played since Dec. 14 because of the virus, has had “new cases”.

“We’re not sure how many will miss Boxing Day,” he added.

“The integrity of the competition must be called into question when teams with weak teams play against other teams and this affects league positions.”

When asked if he would support a players strike, he added: “I don’t think you can. We have to follow the guidelines of the league we are in.”

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