Tottenham Hotspur will be ‘buzzing’ about being out of Conference League ‘mess’


Gabriel Agbonlahor believes Tottenham Hotspur will be ‘buzzing’ about no longer being part of the Europa Conference League ‘mess’.

Spurs finished seventh in the Premier League last season. This earned them a spot in the brand new Europa Conference League.

After beating Pacos de Ferreira in the qualifying round, they were drawn to face Rennes, Vitesse and Mura in the group stage.

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After five games, they had seven points. They were due to face French side Rennes in their final group game.

This was scheduled for December 9 but had to be postponed after a Covid outbreak at Tottenham.

It was announced on Monday that this game was considered a forfeit, which sees Spurs lose 3-0. The English team was subsequently eliminated from the Conference League.

Agbonlahor recounted Football Insider that he believes “everyone associated with Spurs will be happy” to be out of competition:

“I think they’ll be buzzing at the bottom, it’s a shambles of competition,” Agbonlahor said.

“They will be happy to be out of it. It’s the kind of competition, if I was a Villa player and we were to play there, I wouldn’t be happy to play there.

“It doesn’t even count as Europe, to be honest. The Europa League is the end point.

“It’s the third-ranked competition. Personally, I wouldn’t want to play it.

“Basically, especially the players, they will buzz. No more Thursday trips in a shambles competition, no more Thursday-Sunday games.

“Everyone associated with Spurs will be happy, to be honest.”

Elsewhere, Conte has backed Eric Dier to become one of the best defenders in the world:

“Eric Dier can become one of the best players in the world in this position.

“For sure he needs to work and keep improving and understanding the movement with the defensive line.

“He has to lead more, because in that position you have to talk a lot because you have to stay in the middle, at the back where you can see everything.

“He has a lot of room for improvement but we are talking about a very good player, physically strong with a good personality and good technically because he was a midfielder.

“This role is perfect for him. He must continue like this because he can become one of the best central defenders.

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