Conte looks ahead to "an important game" as Tottenham take on Frankfurt
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 03: Head Coach Antonio Conte of Tottenham attends the press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League group D match against Eintracht Frankfurt at Deutsche Bank Park on October 03, 2022 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Saturday was an embarrassing day for Tottenham fans everywhere as Spurs fell to defeat against rivals Arsenal. 

Fortunately, Tottenham have the chance to right Saturday's wrongs as they play what looks to be a hugely important Champions League tie. 

Frankfurt and Tottenham both currently sit on three points in Group D with Tottenham's superior goal difference keeping them in second place.

Here's what Antonio Conte had to say to the press ahead of Tuesday's crunch match.

Team News

Dejan Kulusevski was a surprise absence from Conte's side on Saturday, and tomorrow looks to be no different. 

"No new injuries. We have recovered Ben Davies. He will be on the bench. He is available. Only this news. The others, Kulusevski is out. Moura is out.

"About Kulusevski, honestly I don’t know when he has the time to recover, I hope to recover him quickly."

The opposition

Tottenham have had poor results against German sides in Europe recently, crashing out of Europe at the hands of RB Leipzig as well as the humiliating 2-7 defeat to Bayern Munich.

Conte showed respect for Tuesday's opponents, adding: "We know very well the game will be very tough because we are playing against Eintracht Frankfurt, they won the Europa League last season.

"We are talking about one of the best teams in Germany."

Opportunities for other players

Following Emerson Royal's red card against Arsenal, many fans have been excited at the idea of signing Djed Spence playing more minutes. 

However, Conte made it clear that these fans should not hold their breath. Regarding Spence, he said: "The fans have to be fans. The fans is the fans, I understand they can think everything but I see every day what happens during the training session.

 "If I didn't decide to pick one player it's maybe because he's not ready."

Spence was not the only one to receive criticism from the manager, with Conte claiming he is not "seeing him [Matt Doherty] in the right light to start games." 

With Kulusevski now unavailable, a somewhat forgotten man in Bryan Gil could well be thrust back in to the spotlight. 

"Still in the squad, Bryan Gil. Tomorrow he is the first option for our attack.

 "I trust in him, he is working very well. If we need the possibility to give him time, I trust him. He could play."

Tottenham's European away day pain

The last time Tottenham won an away game in Europe, Jose Mourinho was managing a side that featured Gareth Bale and Dele Alli in a 1-4 victory over Wolfsberger.

"We have to do much better when we play away. We have to improve. It's part of the process.

"The team has to improve in personality, in the game when you go to play away - to be strong."

Tottenham fans will be hoping that Tuesday will be the end of their away day woes, in what could be a pivotal game for the Lillywhites Champions League campaign.

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