Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte has opened up on the sudden passing of health coach and shut buddy Gian Piero Ventrone.
Spurs introduced on Friday morning that Ventrone, nicknamed ‘The Marine’, had handed away on the age of 61 following a brief sickness.
Ventrone was a beloved member of the membership’s backroom employees and was shut with a number of first-team gamers – Son Heung-min notably ran to him in celebration after scoring a hat-trick towards Leicester final month.
Talking after Spurs’ hard-fought 1-0 win at Brighton on Saturday, Conte revealed Ventrone was involved extra about any absence harming the workforce somewhat than his personal well being.
“That is how he was. He was extra anxious about lacking coaching than something,” Conte mentioned.
“It was actually troublesome for everyone after I communicated the dangerous information to the gamers. We didn’t have a coaching session on Thursday as a result of everyone was so emotional.”
A primary-half header from Harry Kane noticed Spurs finish Brighton’s seven-match unbeaten run on the Amex Stadium – a streak which began off the again of Tottenham’s triumph on the south coast again in March.
Conte added that he was filled with admiration for his gamers for stepping up in such troublesome circumstances.
“I’m actually proud about my gamers,” he mentioned. “I’ve mentioned many occasions a very powerful factor in a participant is that he’s a superb individual. I feel on this circumstance they confirmed themselves to be actually a superb individual. I’m proud to be the coach of this workforce. They’re high males.
“I’ve to be sincere, it was actually troublesome for us to be targeted on the sport. The scenario harm me lots, the gamers have been devastated. In solely ten months I feel Gian Piero actually bought to their coronary heart. Life typically will not be good.
“Gian Piero was a extremely robust individual, with a powerful character. He doesn’t wish to see us not completely happy. However it’s troublesome to make him completely happy as a result of we’re devastated by the ache.”
Conte and his Spurs gamers will attend Ventrone’s funeral in Naples on Sunday. The membership are planning additional tributes to him forward of their Champions League conflict at dwelling to Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday.