Sat 08 October 2022 | 21:50

Conte says everyone is devastated at Tottenham after Ventrone's death

Gian Piero Ventrone had only been at Tottenham for a year, but his impact was tremendous, and his passing has caused a great sadness.

Antonio Conte

will attend Gian Piero Ventrone's funeral on Sunday after Tottenham's emotional win against


. Spurs fitness coach Ventrone died Thursday after being diagnosed with leukaemia, and Conte says his fellow Italian had begged to miss work days before.

After Spurs' 1-0 win, Antonio Conte remarked on the departure of Patrick Ventrone. It was the first time Conte spoke publicly about Ventrone after cancelling his Thursday press conference. He said it had been "really, really difficult for us to focus on the game", saying the experience of recent days had been "incredible".



and Italy coach Conte has been profoundly affected by Ventrone's unexpected death. In the beginning of the week, he was aware that Ventrone's health was "really problematic," he said.

"But no one could have expected this situation because no one knew something about this illness,"

Conte said.

"It was an illness but under control and then it is very difficult because the situation hit me a lot under the emotional aspect. When it happens, it is very difficult to cover your feeling with the players and with the people that work in Tottenham.

"At the same time, I have seen a lot of solidarity. The players were really devastated by the pain and in the whole Tottenham environment the feeling was really bad because in only 10 months I think Gian Piero got through the heart of everybody."

Specifically, he called Ventrone "a scientist." On Thursday before he died, as his health was failing, Conte spoke to Ventrone. According to Conte, Ventrone told him he had "a bit of a fever" and felt he could not attend training, but he was apprehensive about missing out.

Later, according to Conte, Ventrone discussed his health with him, and the Italian manager advised him to focus on his recovery rather than his responsibilities with Tottenham. The death of 62-year-old Ventrone has reportedly left the Spurs' team "really devastated," according to manager Conte. Numerous people have spoken highly of the trainer.

"Sometimes life puts you in difficult situations, but we have to cope in the best possible way to overcome this situation,"

Conte said in an interview posted by Tottenham.

"But we'll never forget Gian Piero. Gian Piero will live in my heart and my head."

"I want to tell his son and daughter that they need to be strong because Gian Piero was strong, a strong character. He doesn't want to see us unhappy. It's difficult to make him happy because we are really devastated by the pain."

source: SportMob

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