Nwosu Chizoba David
Antonio Conte has confirmed eight players of Tottenham’s first-team squad and five staff members have tested positive for coronavirus.
The Spurs head coach added the number is growing every day and said it is “a serious problem”.
Conte said: “The situation makes me very upset because the situation is serious. It’s contagious and there is a big infection.
“Now we are a bit scared because tomorrow we don’t know what will happen.”
Antonio Conte clearly very emotional in his news conference, saying the situation is “so strange and incredible” and voicing his concern that the players and coaching staff have been training in close quarters only for someone to test positive shortly afterwards.
“This for sure makes me upset because I am here to talk about football, about my players and the atmosphere that I want to see tomorrow. Instead we are talking about the people that have Covid,” he said.
Conte was not able to confirm whether it was the Omicron variant at the centre of the outbreak, but confirmed he had been vaccinated.
Referring to vaccination take-up within his squad, the Spurs boss added: “I think everyone takes [their own] best decision and is a question for the medical department about people that whether they are vaccinated or not.”