Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte revealed that he found the decision of the Premier League to postpone the North London Derby very strange. They were set to face each other this weekend with the game being postponed following Gunner’s request. Arteta confirmed that a number of players were unavailable owing to Covid, injuries, and players away at AFCON.
“The club made a statement and I think the club expressed our disappointment about the decision,” Antonio Conte about the decision of the Premier League to postpone the North London Derby. “It was for sure a strange decision. My feeling is that when there is a situation to play, we have to play and not postpone games for injuries or for international duty. We have a big problem to solve with Covid but only about this situation can you decide to postpone. This is the first time in my life – and I have a bit of experience in football – to seen this decision. In this way, anything can happen.”
“Tottenham has dropped off the Conference League because the Premier League didn’t want to move the game against Leicester. After the request of Leicester, they postponed. But Tottenham was dropped by UEFA. This is very strange,” he added. “In this situation, there is a big disappointment for us, especially as we love football and worked a lot to try to play this competition. It’s very difficult to accept this decision. It was big damage to Tottenham from the Premier League. You have to try to protect your team in Europe and they penalized us in a bad way.”