Do you think the Premier League should continue or rest?
My thoughts are that we are willing to follow the rules and I think that is the most important thing. If there are rules, then surely the rules have to be the same for all teams.
For this reason, we are ready to follow the rules and ready to play, ready to do what others ask us to do.
What do you think about vaccinations and what is the situation in Tottenham? In Spain, 97 per cent of players are vaccinated, but UEFA told us that 25 per cent of their players have no intention of vaccinating.
Frankly, vaccination is a personal affair. I’ve been vaccinated and my family, my daughter and my wife, have done the same. But this is certainly a personal matter.
I would like others to do the same but everyone has to make the best decision for themselves.
I have been vaccinated and so have my family. We vaccinated and I think at this moment it is very important that you have this kind of solution to the problem.
Half of this weekend’s matches have been cancelled, do you want to play for Liverpool on Sunday?
But as I told you before, we are ready to do and follow what the Premier League decides.
In the past, I saw that in this situation for example against Rennes, I saw that it was a big problem for us because we have a lot of players with Covid.
Nobody wants to make a decision on this. I don’t remember that last week we had an outbreak with nine players with Covid, seven employees with Covid, with many, many U23 players with Covid.
Then we expect the decision on our game about Rennes. This is for example. I repeat, there are rules and we have to follow and respect them. We are ready to do that.
The situation is certainly not easy and easy for all teams. We are ready to play every game. It was the same against Leicester, the same against Rennes, the same in every match they decided to postpone.
What is the physical and mental impact on the team?
Yes, after two weeks it is not easy to answer that question, because in those two weeks we had Covid problems, our training ground was closed for three days, we did not train for three or four days. And we started training with only one part of all the players, and now the other players are back.
But as you well know, you don’t know how long it takes players with Covid to recover to be fit. It’s definitely good to play, which is good for us, because we haven’t played after two weeks. But I repeat: I am ready to pursue what they are [the PL] I want to do.
With non-vaccinated people having to isolate if they come into contact with positive cases, will you prompt players to get vaccinated?
Frankly, it is not easy to answer this question. I think every person, every player, every member of staff or people at Tottenham or other clubs, has to make the decision for themselves. I made my decision, my family made their own decision. But I can’t force anyone to make a personal decision, because I think that’s not true.
Certainly, it is a moment when we are facing another epidemic, and we have to pay close attention. But I repeat: it is very difficult to get into a situation or get into the mind of another person.
How did you keep your spirits?
Morale was also very low because we prepared and held training sessions to play the games. We prepared for all these matches and in two weeks, we haven’t played three times.
Certainly, morale drops when this type of situation occurs. For example, yesterday we were ready to play against Leicester.
We were there and before lunch they told us the match had been postponed. Then lunch, another trip, when we arrived [back at Hotspur Way] Another training session. It is not easy.
It’s also not easy to explain to the players and find the right energy when you’re ready to play and put off the game. To come back, you have another training session and today to get ready for another match against Liverpool and you don’t know if you can play.
It’s definitely not that simple. If morale drops, I think I can justify it [that in] My players and the whole environment. But at the same time we are ready to play on Sunday an important game against a really good and amazing team. With our difficulty, we are ready to play this game.
What did you make of Mohamed Salah?
I think he is one of the best players in the world. During the match, we saw him score or make assists. He is a very crucial player. During matches he is dangerous every time he gets the ball. He has improved a lot, I remember him playing in Italy. Now it is improving in an incredible way. Now I think he is one of the best players in the world and he is very decisive in every game.
Have you had players who came back from seclusion struggling in training or unable to participate?
When the players come back from covid, you definitely have to pay close attention. You cannot give them the same labor cost as other players. You have to take notice.
If you want everything too close, you risk injuries. In this case you have to take a risk and at the same time pay great attention. They need time to get fit.
Also, before choosing a starting eleventh, you need to take all this into consideration. For example, to start with one player and after 60 or 70 minutes change it with one player with Covid. In this case, it is important to be patient and take the right risk.
Each of us would like to choose the best players, the best starting lineup, but at the same time you have to understand that they need some time to get in good shape, to be fit and not risk injury. Otherwise, it will be a disaster.
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How is Sergio Reguilon after his injury?
Sergio has trained separately until today but he is ready for the training session with us tomorrow and the player is comfortable to return to training with us.
I hope he makes a full recovery tomorrow but Sergio was happy today. He was feeling good.
Have you spoken to Fabio Barracci and Daniel Levy about the January transfer targets?
But at the moment we are not thinking about the transfer window. We have had many, many problems to face and trying to solve. It was very difficult to talk about other topics.
Certainly, in the coming days we will try to hold a meeting to talk about the situation and see if and in what way there is a way to improve the team.
At the moment, I am assessing the whole team. Covid will be a good opportunity for anyone to prove to me that they deserve to continue playing for Tottenham.