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Antonio Conte admits his squad is not ready to compete at the top of the table
Antonio Conte admits his squad is not ready to compete at the top of the table

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Give Conte what he needs

Jamie Redknapp has urged Tottenham to back Antonio Conte in the transfer market.

Spurs suffered their third defeat to London rivals Chelsea this month as they went down 2-0 at Stamford Bridge yesterday. 

The loss left Conte once again stressing that the gulf between his side and the top clubs would take some time to address.

And Redknapp, who enjoyed a spell with Tottenham between July 2002 and January 2005, clearly agrees. The Sky Sports pundit, 48, said: "He needs players.

"When he came in after Nuno [Espirito Santo], there must have been some dialogue between him and Daniel Levy about the players he needs.

"There's a massive gulf between Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool and the rest. Tottenham are so close to getting top four, which no other manager could have done, but he needs backing. 

"He needs to get players in quickly — two, three, four players in the window. So back him, give him what he needs."

Frank is buzzing

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has extended his contract until the summer of 2025. 

The Dane, who was appointed head coach in October 2018, led the Bees into the Premier League for the first time by winning the Championship play-offs last season. 

His deal was due to expire at the end of next term but both he and assistant head coach Brian Riemer have signed fresh terms. 

Brentford director of football Phil Giles said: "On behalf of everyone at Brentford, I’d like to congratulate Thomas and Brian on their new contracts. 

"First and foremost, they are fantastic people to work with and I’m sure everyone at the club will be pleased they have committed to stay with us until 2025. 

"They have been integral to the success we’ve shared over recent seasons, culminating in achieving our shared target of playing in the Premier League. 

"We want to continue to take Brentford forward, to compete with clubs far bigger than us, and to see how far we can progress. 

"I am sure we can build on the success Thomas and Brian have helped deliver along with all of the other staff and players and look forward to what I hope will be a successful conclusion to the season and beyond."

Hard graft

Callum Hudson-Odoi admits Chelsea's stars have found their fixture list hard going in recent weeks. 

The winger laid on an assist for Hakim Ziyech as the Blues dispatched Spurs yesterday. 

And while he and his team-mates would prefer to have had more rest between games, he insists they will never use it as an excuse for bad results. 

Hudson-Odoi, 21, said: "It’s been difficult. We’ve had to rest less and play more. 

"We know games come thick and fast and they are very challenging. Sometimes the rest hasn’t been enough for us.

"But at the same time, we have to get on with it and play every game as well as we can do."

Back in the groove

James Justin was delighted to make his first start in almost a year as Leicester were held to a 1-1 draw by Brighton yesterday. 

The right-back, 23, picked up a serious knee injury against the same opponents in an FA Cup tie back in February 2021.

But he climbed off the bench as the Foxes lost 3-2 to Tottenham last week and was back in the XI to face the Seagulls. 

Justin said: "Obviously it's been 11 months and it's incidentally the same team I got injured against.

"It's a good one for me to get minutes in and I felt good, so hopefully I can keep pushing and progressing.

"It [the recovery] has been non-stop. Everyone close to me, all the boys at the training ground will know what it takes to come back from an injury like that and to come back well. 

"It's been tough but I've had good people around me to help me through it."

Referee plea

Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall wants to see full-time professional referees in the Women's Super League. 

The Gunners conceded a controversial goal at Manchester City yesterday before equalising in stoppage time to secure a 1-1 draw. 

City ace Khadija Shaw slotted home from close range after match official Abigail Byrne diverted the ball in the build-up to the opener — leaving Eidevall fuming. 

The Swede, who was booked for his protests, said: "You can clearly see we stop playing. We all make mistakes — I do, referees do, players do. Games like this are going to be decided by small margins. 

"But if they're going to be on Sky Sports refereeing matches, the referees should be given all the resources they need in order to prepare and practice and work on their fitness — and I think that's where we need to help each other in the football family. 

"More women will start refereeing as well, because that will get more attractive. I know I can get animated on the sidelines but I've also tried being a referee when I was younger. I was not a good referee. 

"I remember having coaches after the game that did not speak nicely to me. That's not a nice feeling for anyone. That's not the kind of role model I want to be either. 

"The only thing I'm always going to be an advocate for is to raise the things around it to give them the best possible conditions."


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