Antonio Conte isn’t happy with the conclusion of the managers meeting. Premier League managers were recently involved in a meeting where they would decide if the fixtures would continue during the Christmas period. The final decision was for the matches to go on as planned.
Antonio Conte isn’t Happy with Premier League Meeting
What Conte Had to Say
The Tottenham manager was asked if he thought the meeting was a waste of time and replied “I think so”. He went on to say that “it was [like talking to] a wall and for this reason I also prefer to not go into it.”
The Italian added, “If I have to be honest, it was a meeting that we tried to speak and some coaches tries to speak, to ask about solutions but I think everything was decided.”
Norwich City manager, Dean Smith, also spoke out about the meeting. He stated, “We went into a meeting yesterday where the decisions had already been made”.
Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson, has also expressed his concern when he told BBC Sport that “nobody really takes player welfare seriously”.
On December 23rd, the Premier League decided to postpone two fixtures. Liverpool vs Leeds and Wolves vs Watford were both called off. Later on Christmas Eve, the Premier League decided to postpone another game between Burnley vs Everton. This means three out of ten fixtures have already been postponed.
However, this isn’t as bad as the previous gameweek. Six out of the ten games were cancelled in the last gameweek. A total of 17 games have been postponed so far this season and will have to be played at a later date. The Premier League believes that it is better to keep playing through this Christmas period to avoid having to find new dates for the fixtures. This means sides are having to field weaker squads and this is having a significant effect on their positions on the Premier League table
The Premier League has stated that if a team has 13 fit players available and a goalkeeper, they should play their fixtures. Many clubs and managers aren’t happy with the decision, including Antonio Conte.
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