Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur ‘clear favourites’, says sporting coach

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Antonio Conte’s Tottenham are the “clear favourites” in this week’s Champions League Group D game, Sporting coach Ruben Amorim said on Monday ahead of their game in Portugal. “Tottenham are the clear favorites in the group. They are a team that have one of the best attacks in the world with a winning coach in Italy and England and world-class players,” said Amorim. “They are strong in transitions, have a lot of quality from set pieces. We will have to be careful because they will punish us for the slightest mistake.”

Both teams won their opener with Sporting at the top of the table after beating Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 and Tottenham winning 2-0 against Marseille.

“Of course the previous game increases our confidence,” Amorim continued, “but the pressure will be on Tottenham anyway who will be the favourites.”

He added that Tottenham would also be fresher having missed their scheduled Premier League game against Manchester City following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

“Often it’s the English teams that have the least recovery time,” added Amorim.

Italian Conte agreed: “Of course not having played on Saturday changes the situation. It allows us to recover better.

“When you play every three days, you run the risk of having more injuries and less energy.

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“I’m more relaxed when it comes to picking my starting XI. Postponing the game against City has allowed me to change the idea of ​​the squad I had in mind for tomorrow’s game.”

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