Champions League News: Antonio Conte confirmed that Tottenham will face a tough match against Sporting CP in the UCL group stage which will take place on Tuesday (13/09) evening local time in Lisbon. The Italian manager said the opposing team was in good form at the moment.
Antonio Conte will face his first match as a player and coach against hosts Sporting CP in the Champions League group D. It was the manager’s first competitive game since 1985.
“Yes, this is my first match as a player or manager against Sporting Lisbon, I’ve played against Porto and Benfica but not against Sporting,” Conte said during his first visit at the Jose Alvalade Stadium as quoted by the club’s official website.
“My expectation is to face a very difficult game, they are in good form at the moment, in the last two games they have scored seven goals and have not conceded a goal.
“They are very organised, their coach (Ruben Amorim) is a good coach, you can see he has good thoughts about football, good players with his skills and abilities.
“They are also very quick on the counter-attack, we have to be aware of that, but we also know very well the Champions League is the most difficult tournament in the world for this reason, in every game you will face an important team.”
Portuguese league champions for the 2020/21 season, Amorim led Sporting to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition last season despite losing 5-1 in their opener against Ajax. Victory over Dortmund took them through from the group, along with Ajax. Last season they finished second in the Primeira Liga. In their opening game of the season they won 3-0 over Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany.
“I have a lot of respect for them, it’s always difficult against Portuguese teams, Sporting Lisbon, Benfica, Porti, it’s always difficult not only for Tottenham but for all teams,” he said.
“For that we have a lot of respect for them, we know it will be difficult but in the Champions League you play against the big teams, the best teams in the world.”
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