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Antonio Conte admits ‘some doubts’ about major Tottenham decision which has proved masterstroke

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Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has admitted that he had to take a risk with his new-look front line to realise it was a brilliant decision.

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have proved Spurs’ iconic duo up top for several seasons. In fact, the pair are the Premier League’s most prolific duo, combining for the most amount of goals as a pair in the division.

As a result, Tottenham managers have looked to add a third player in the attack to ease the burden on Kane and Son.

Conte brought in Dejan Kulusevski from Juventus in January and the Swede has proved a strong addition.

However, Conte then added former Everton striker Richarlison to his attack. And in an around injury problems for Kulusevski, the Brazilian has formed a solid triumvirate with Kane and Son.

The trio have started three of the past four matches together, including both Champions League ties with Eintracht Frankfurt. Conte has now admitted that he was unsure how the experiment would go – but is glad it has paid off.

“At the start, I had some doubts about putting them all together, but when it happened, I always had a great answer about Richy, Sonny and Kane because we are talking about three strikers who work a lot for the team,” the manager said.

“This is why I think we can play with these three strikers because they give us a lot of potentialities offensively, but at the same time, defensively, we have a good balance.

“When we play with three strikers, you have to know that your type of game is more direct – not with a lot of possession because you have three strikers, only two midfielders.”

Antonio Conte wants Tottenham momentum

Spurs return to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday to play Everton in the Premier League.

Tottenham have enjoyed playing on home soil this term, winning all six matches.

As such, Conte wants his side to continue that momentum against the Toffees, who have also improved under Frank Lampard.

“For sure, we want to continue this good run at home,” Conte added in his pre-match press conference.

“It gives you a lot of energy, positive energy because our fans, from the start until the end, they push us in a strong way.

“I feel this energy on the bench, and I think my players feel it on the pitch. We have to try to exploit this when we play at home.”

Spurs have chance to impress

In fact, five out of Tottenham’s nine games before the World Cup are at their home ground.

Four of those come in the Premier League amid a Champions League tie against Sporting in north London.

As such, it is a real chance for Spurs to go into the mid-season break having laid strong foundations for the rest of the season.

Tottenham could do their Champions League knock-out stage hopes the world of good with a win at home to Sporting, but they still have to play Marseille away from home after that.

In the Premier League, meanwhile, Tottenham have only lost once and are – as it stands – well in the hunt for a top-four finish.

Results at home against Everton, Newcastle, Liverpool and Leeds will bolster their position in the table, amid away ties at Bournemouth and Manchester United.

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