Antonio Conte hailed Dele Alli as a player with “great potential” and promised him the chance to restart games for Tottenham – if he shows he deserves it.
Alli has made 12 appearances for Spurs this season but failed to impress Nuno Espirito Santo as his playing time became increasingly limited as the Portuguese’s brief reign ended.
Alli also struggled under Jose Mourinho, Nuno’s predecessor, but Conte has positive memories of the 25-year-old from his previous stay in England.
Alli scored twice for Spurs when they ended Chelsea’s 13-game winning streak in the 2016/17 season – the year the Blues won the Premier League under Conte.
And the new Spurs boss said: “I remember very well when we have played against Tottenham in the past, especially a game where we lost after 13 consecutive wins and Dele scored twice.
“But that’s the past. Now there is a present and for sure Dele is a player with great potential. Physically he is strong and very good.
“Of course I give him the opportunity to show he has talent. At the same time, when I pick the starting XI, I do it because I think they can lead the team to win, as well. when I make changes during the game.
“I’m open, I’m open to all Tottenham players. The most important thing is that they show me that they deserve the chance to play.
âThe door is open for every player. My first thought is to try and give them the best situation to show their talent, but then they have to show me that I have to be sure to give them a chance and pay off. players, each player.
âRight now we’re starting from scratch, there’s a new coach. I say to every player, not specifically Dele, ‘Show me you deserve to play from the start and I’ll give you the chance to start.’ “
Conte’s Spurs reign began with a chaotic 3-2 victory over Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League on Thursday, and he will take charge of his Premier League opener at Everton on Sunday.
Conte’s last Premier League game at the helm of Chelsea was a 3-0 defeat to Newcastle by Rafael Benitez, and the Italian expects a tough game when he returns to the Spaniard at Goodison Park.
“I remember I lost my last Premier League game against Benitez,” he said. âOf course our expectation is to have a tough game because Everton are a very good team. Goodison Park is not an easy place to play.
âAt the same time, we want to show, try to improve the result, especially for our place in the standings. It will not be easy.
“We have to work a lot to try to improve this team. There are a lot, a lot of aspects. Not just tactical but also physical. We need a little time to do that.”
Everton vs Tottenham preview: Delph could start for Toffees
Everton Midfielder Fabian Delph could make his first start of the season against Tottenham after coming into the second half of Monday’s loss to Wolves on his return from injury.
Yerry Mina (thigh) remains out, but fellow defender Lucas Digne, who missed the Wolves game, has trained this week and is expected to be available.
Striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin (thigh) and midfielders Andre Gomes (calf) and Abdoulaye Doucoure (foot) are absent.
New Tottenham Head coach Antonio Conte will assess his players after their efforts on Thursday night against Vitesse Arnhem.
Conte picked a full squad for his first game at the helm of the Europa Conference Conference and it was a tough encounter, which they won 3-2.
Defender Ryan Sessegnon and midfielder Bryan Gil (both hamstring) are unlikely to be in good shape.
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