Conte claims new signing won’t be ready to face Chelsea

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Tottenham will visit Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, in what’s expected to be another tough London derby game.

Tottenham have been backed by many to have a strong season due to their summer signings.

Speaking ahead of the game, Spurs boss Antonio Conte gave an update of his squad as he revealed that his loan signing from Barcelona Clement Lenglet won’t feature in this tie.

Speaking in a press conference on Friday, Conte said: “A little problem with Clement Lenglet. I don’t think he is available for the game against Chelsea or for sure the next game against Wolverhampton [Wanderers]. All the other players are good.

“It’s a little problem of fatigue [with Lenglet] and he’s a bit tired in his adductor. Nothing serious, only a precaution but it’s not good to take a stupid risk for one game.

“He’s having training sessions apart but I think it’s good for him to recover well and to have a good training session before he comes back with us.”

Conte also admitted that he’s pleased with the squad at his disposal compared to last season, as Tottenham greatly improved the squad during the summer transfer.

“In our squad, I am very happy because I repeat compared to last season we improve our squad with Richi up front, but don’t forget we lost [Steven] Bergwijn,” said Conte.

“Then [Bryan] Gil last season went on loan and now he is in the squad in this 20 players. I think as a midfield, we improved with Bissouma and with Winks also and then with Lenglet behind.

“I think we sign players with common sense to find players with the right characteristics to help us to improve the quality and to have players reliable and ready to have a good impact, not an impact so and so if I have to call them to play.”