Conte says Europa Conference League is 'important' to Tottenham
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Antonio Conte has shed light on Harry Kane’s meeting with Italian great Alessandro Del Piero. The legendary striker visited Tottenham’s training ground while in London for Juventus’ Champions League clash with Chelsea.
Spurs came from behind to claim their first Premier League win of the Conte era on Sunday with goals from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Sergio Reguillon sealing a 2-1 victory over Leeds at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The result moves the north Londoners up to seventh in the league standings after a stuttering start to the campaign saw Nuno Espirito Santo swiftly replaced by Conte.
Despite the three points, it was another Spurs performance without a Kane goal as the club’s star striker continues to search for the frightening form that saw him net 23 times in the league last season to claim a third Premier League Golden Boot.
Tasked with helping Kane rediscover his clinical club form in front of goal, Conte called upon an old friend to visit the club’s training ground on Tuesday and offer some words of wisdom.
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On Del Piero’s meeting with frontman Kane, Conte remarked: “We are talking about two world-class strikers. It was good for Harry to see Alessandro and also Alessandro wants to see Harry. It was good for us.”
Shortly after the visit, England’s captain tweeted a photo of himself alongside the Italian icon, with the caption: “A legend of the game and someone who knew where the back of the net was. A pleasure chatting to Del Piero today.”
While the legendary forward and World Cup winner was in town with Juventus on Champions League duty, the Italian stopped off at Tottenham’s plush Enfield training complex where he was reunited with former teammate Conte.
The pair played together for both Juventus and the Italian national team, winning the 1996 Champions League and numerous Serie A titles.
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Discussing the reunion ahead of Tottenham’s Europa Conference League clash at NS Mura of Slovenia on Thursday, Conte said: “Alessandro came here to visit us at the training ground.
“He was in London as a guest for Sky for the Chelsea v Juventus game. It was good to see him.
“We played together, I coached him and together we won a lot in our career. It was good to see him after a long time.”
While Conte may well have been in good spirits after the encounter, Del Piero’s mood soon took a turn as his former side Juventus were given a 4-0 Champions League hiding by Tottenham’s London rivals Chelsea.
The 47-year-old manager will no doubt be hoping the visit of such a “world-class striker” will get Kane firing once again after only finding the net once in 11 Premier League outings so far this term.
Despite struggling to strike in the league, Kane netted four in England’s recent 10-0 mauling of San Marino to set a new high of 13 goals for his country in a calendar year.
After Tottenham’s stop-off in Slovenia, the 28-year-old will have another chance to add to his Premier League account for the season when Conte’s men travel to Burnley on Sunday.
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