'I'm not seeing Doherty in the right way to start. I'm not stupid. I don’t want to lose.'

Spurs boss Antion Conte delivers scathing assessment of Ireland international.

Matt Doherty (left) in training with Harry Kane.
Matt Doherty (left) in training with Harry Kane.
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ANTONTIO CONTE DELIVERED a scathing assessment of his reasoning for Matt Doherty finding himself on the fringes for Tottenham Hotspur this season.

And while Emerson Royal’s red card in the North London derby defeat to Arsenal at the weekend could signal a return to the starting XI for the Ireland international, the words of his club boss would suggest he still has work to do to convince him.

Ahead of their Champions League clash with Eintracht Frankfurt this evening, the Italian was pressed on his reasoning for also leaving young summer signing Djed Spence out in the cold.

“The fans have to be fans,” added Conte. “I understand they can think everything but I see every day what happens during the training session.

“I try to do the best for the team. If they trust me, then they trust me, but the choices are mine. If I didn’t decide to pick one player it’s maybe because he’s not ready.

2.69115655 Antonio Conte. Source: PA

“We are talking about a young player with a good prospect, but I repeat I try to pick the best team.

“Also [Matt] Doherty, Doherty last season played every game. And now, I am not seeing him in the right way to start the game. I am not stupid. I don’t want to lose.

“I try to put the best team, to pick the best team. If they trust me it’s OK, if they don’t trust me then I’m the coach and I need to take the best decision for Tottenham.”

Spurs slipped to their first Premier League defeat of the season on Saturday as goals from Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus and Granit Xhaka gave their arch-rivals Arsenal victory.

“We have a chance to play another game. I think this is important,” said Conte.

“After a loss you want to play another game quickly, and we have this possibility tomorrow.

“We know very well the game will be very tough because we are playing against Eintracht Frankfurt, they won the Europa League last season.

“We are talking about one of the best teams in Germany. At the same time we want to play our cards here.

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“I always say, this group, there is a great balance, and tomorrow it will be an important game for us, and also for them. Not decisive, but an important game.”

Frankfurt will be without World Cup-winning playmaker Mario Gotze, who has an ankle injury.

Coach Oliver Glasner said: “We’ve prepared well for our opponents. We showed the players longer videos as we didn’t have much time on the training ground.

“The atmosphere at this stadium is always great. I’m assuming it will be another great night. Both teams are in very good shape and level on points, and it’s a sell-out. Perfect conditions.”

This article was originally published at 9.22pm on 3 October.

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