Conte on Cristiano Ronaldo: "I am the last person to answer this question"
The Tottenham Hotspur boss was asked about the Portuguese star and he gave an honest answer
Antonio Conte made no attempt to hide his admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo. Ahead of his Tottenham Hotspur side clash with Manchester United, the Italian manager was asked about the Portuguese star, who has been in and out of the Erik ten Hag's team with the Red Devils. However, far from avoiding to praise a potential rival, Conte spoke highly of the former Real Madrid man.
Tottenham are on their best league start after 10 games since 1964, with Antonio Conte's team pipping Harry Redknapp's from 2011/12 by a single point, and the Italian will want to push that one further by taking all three points when visit Old Trafford, but he will hope Cristiano Ronaldo isn't on the starting team.
Asked about his take on the Portuguese, Conte didn't hide his opinion: "I think I am the last person to answer this question, because last season he scored a hat-trick against us! And fingers crossed... We are talking about an amazing player, a top player, in my opinion". "We are talking about a player, that continues to make the difference for the team that he is playing for. Cristiano with Messi, they made the story of football in the last 10 years, in the last 15 years", he then added.
"I think every single word is not good enough to explain the greatness of these players. I have great admiration for Cristiano, for his professionalism, but I hope tomorrow to stay calm, not like last season, when he scored three goals. We lost 3-2, but we lost against him, not against United last season. I remember very well, because we played a very good game, and he solved the situation a lot", commented the Italian along the same lines.
In a similar vein, Antonio Conte was complimentary of Erik ten Hag. "Honestly I don't know him very well because we have never played against. He did very well with Ajax and for sure he has taken a great job for United because United is one of the best teams in the world. He is trying to bring his ideas into the pitch and I think also the club back him in the transfer market. Like other managers and coaches he needs time to work and to try to improve his team", said the Italian about the Manchester United boss.