Whether or not it was Antonio Conte crying earlier than the sport, or Harry Kane breaking down in his post-match interview, or Hugo Lloris holding up the personalised shirt to the away followers on the finish, the marks had been in all places that this was a Tottenham Hotspur efficiency summoned up out of the empty depths of grief.
This has been an not possible few days for everybody at Spurs. It was solely on the finish of final week that Gian Piero Ventrone complained of a fever, and requested Conte if he could be allowed to overlook a coaching session for remedy. Ventrone returned to Italy, and on Tuesday night after the sport in opposition to Eintracht Frankfurt, Conte discovered that his beloved coach was gravely unwell. On Thursday morning, Conte needed to discover the phrases to inform his gamers that Ventrone had handed away.
It’s troublesome to explain how onerous it’s to provide information like that, or how surprising it’s to obtain it. The gamers and employees at Spurs should have felt as if they’d been tipped upside-down and emptied out all around the floor. Conte mentioned in his post-match press convention the gamers had been “devastated by the ache”.
As a result of Ventrone was extra than simply one other member of Conte’s teaching employees. He was the heartbeat of the entire operation, offering a lot of the power and enthusiasm, in addition to the experience to get the group as match as they had been. And he was greater than only a health coach, Conte repeatedly referred to him as a “scientist”, who had put a lifetime of onerous work into being on the chopping fringe of his subject.