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Cristian Stellini breaks silence over Antonio Conte sacking at Tottenham

Cristian Stellini breaks silence over Antonio Conte sacking at Tottenham

Cristian Stellini expressed his sadness at Antonio Conte’s departure from Tottenham  and believes that the team now has to play 10 crucial games.

Spurs and Conte mutually parted ways after the Italian’s angry outburst at the players following their 3-3 draw with Southampton. Stellini has taken over as caretaker manager for the rest of the season, with assistance from Ryan Mason, who took charge temporarily after Jose Mourinho’s departure in 2021.

Stellini has worked with Conte at both Inter and Spurs but says their relationship won’t be affected by his new role as manager.

“I’m feeling sad, because when you have a managerial change in the middle of the season, everyone feels responsible,” Stellini told SpursPlay.

“My relationship with Antonio is again the same, nothing changes in our relationship because we were friends, we were colleagues, we know each other for a long time and having this situation would not change our relationship.”

Tottenham Hotspur are currently occupying the fourth position in the Premier League, but they could lose their spot to Newcastle United and Brighton if these teams win their remaining games. Tottenham has been eliminated from both the FA Cup and the Champions League this month, which means that finishing fourth is crucial for them to qualify for the Champions League next season.

“I feel very honoured and feel I am in the right position to do this,” Stellini said.

“I want to do this with all the staff, with [assistant head coach] Ryan [Mason] that is very important for me and the club and it was important when we were in charge when Antonio wasn’t here.

“We feel we can do what we did before, we want to improve, and this is a moment to take responsibility and to improve, all together.

“We have to continue the job. If we are here, it is because we did a good job. And if we are here is because we have to make this decision and make this real because we will work well in that moment.

“The players, us and everyone in the club has to do something more to help the club to help the players, to help the team because we need a team and we want to show to everyone that we are a team again.

“Everyone needed to understand the situation, needed time to understand situation, but the players are coming back, they want to fight, this is what they want to do.

“It’s very important to show our desire. This is the focus at the moment of the players and we don’t have to be emotional, but we have to be lucid in the way we have to fight against every opponent.

“We have to have 10 games, and those 10 gains are 10 finals for us.

“We have to play with personality. We don’t want to do it for vanity, we have to do if for the club for the fans, for our self and our families.

“This is the way we have to approach it in the game. If we show this, we will have everyone with us and the energy we can create can be bigger and bigger and bigger.”

Cristian Stellini breaks silence over Antonio Conte sacking at Tottenham

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