MATT BARLOW: Antonio Conte’s wing-back school is BACK with Lucas Moura as his latest project… he will hope to repeat the trick after successful conversions for Victor Moses at Chelsea and Ivan Perisic and Antonio Candreva at Inter Milan
- Antonio Conte hopes to convert Lucas Moura into Tottenham’s new wing-back
- The Brazilian has played as an attacker throughout most of his footballing career
- Conte has done similar in the past with players like Victor Moses and Ivan Perisic
- Moura joined Tottenham from PSG for a fee of £38million back in January 2018
Antonio Conte has embarked upon his latest winger-to-wingback conversion project with Lucas Moura at the heart of the experiment.
Moura has twice featured as a right wing-back in two games on Tottenham’s pre-season trip to South Korea and Conte is confident he can do to him what he did to Victor Moses at Chelsea and Ivan Perisic and Antonio Candreva at Inter Milan.
‘I spoke with Lucas and I think this will be a good option for me,’ said the Spurs boss.
‘In the past I reinvented Perisic in that position, Moses the same, Candreva the same, a winger and then wing-back.
Lucas Moura could be next on Antonio Conte’s list to be changed from winger to wing-back
‘The most important thing is that the player has to be 100 per cent committed to do it.
‘Moura is a great asset because can play many roles, behind the striker, right, left as a wing back.
‘I am very happy for his commitment in every training session and tonight he played a good game.’
Tottenham drew 1-1 against Sevilla in Suwon. Harry Kane fired them into the lead with his third in two games in Korea before Ivan Rakitic equalised with a wonderful strike from distance.
Moura (right) has played as an attacker his whole career but his game is being remodelled
Ben Davies gave Spurs a scare when he limped off with a sore ankle towards the end of the game. ‘He finished the game with a bit of pain in his ankle,’ said Conte. ‘I hope that’s nothing serious.’
Perisic, signed from Inter on a free transfer, has yet to feature because of an injury at the end of last season but could make his first appearance for his new club at Rangers next Saturday.
Yves Bissouma and Fraser Forster have missed the two games of tour because they tested positive for Covid and will have to isolate in the team hotel until Tuesday.
The rest of the squad will fly back to London on Sunday and, after a short break, will return to the gruelling summer routine set in Seoul of double training sessions every day.
Ivan Perisic (left) became a brilliant wing-back for Conte (right) during their time at Inter Milan
Both Antonio Candreva (right) and Victor Moses (left) were converted to wing-backs by Conte
Conte explained: ‘My targets and staff’s targets was to work with the players and to have every day double sessions because during preseason you have a time to work on physical and tactical aspect and last season I didn’t do it with Tottenham.
‘Now we have started, only two weeks, and this week I’m very happy because we worked a lot and at this same time we enjoyed to be here, playing two friendlies.
‘Maybe first game was friendly, but today’s was a higher game and many players were a bit tired.
‘It is in my strategy to have this type of game in the middle of the work. It’s not simple when they are tired and they have to collaborate to create a union, and I think we saw a good response against Sevilla, a strong team who played a real game.’
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