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Antonio Conte has accused Uefa of showing a lack of respect towards Tottenham Hotspur as he railed against the decision to eliminate his team from Europe.
Conte wants Tottenham to appeal against Uefa’s ruling, which he described as “incredible” and “unfair”, and called for his side’s European fate to be settled on the pitch rather than in the courts.
Tottenham’s lawyers were on Tuesday night considering whether to take an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, with Conte making it clear that he did not accept Uefa’s decision and wanted it to be fought.
Spurs are back in action tonight in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup against West Ham and are potentially three games away from winning a trophy, should the EFL agree to make the semi-finals just one leg.
Conte looks a good bet to be the man to end Tottenham’s trophy drought, but is looking at the bigger picture.
“To win trophies is always important but I think in this moment, at this period for Tottenham, it’s more good to think it’s time to rebuild something important,” he said.
“This is the most important thing. Then for sure, if you ask me if trophies are important, they are for every club.
“If you don’t start to build a team in an important way. A trophy is only one situation that can help you.
“For me it’s important to build a solid base, a foundation, to have a team in a short period who can be competitive, to fight for all competitions and fight for all competitions you play.”
Spurs have improved under Conte and Son Heung-min has been one of the standout players.
The Italian says he has realised Son is even better working with him close up.
“We are talking about a really world-class player,” he said.
“I have seen him before becoming manager of Tottenham only on TV. He impressed me a lot. But when you have the possibility to train him and become his coach, you can see really the quality of this player.”