Tottenham assistant pays tribute to Gianluca Vialli after tragic passing

Tottenham supervisor Antonio Conte was excused from his press duties on Friday following the passing of Italian icon Gianluca Vialli, with assistant boss Cristian Stellini as a substitute paying tribute to the previous Sampdoria, Juventus and Chelsea striker.

Vialli died on the Royal Marsden Hospital in west London on the age of 58 after battling pancreatic most cancers for nearly six years.

After a vastly profitable profession in Italy, Vialli moved to England in 1996 when he joined Chelsea on a free switch and have become the membership’s player-manager two years later. He led the membership to League Cup, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and UEFA Super Cup successes earlier than profitable the FA Cup in 2000.

Conte was an in depth buddy of Vialli, who was a part of Italy’s teaching workers for his or her Euro 2020 triumph in opposition to England at Wembley, and he missed his traditional press convention forward of Saturday’s FA Cup conflict with Portsmouth.

Instead, Stellini paid tribute to Vialli by saying: “Antonio on this second is upset and unhappy. Every one in all us, we’re near Vialli’s household and all of the those who beloved Vialli. He is a crucial individual in Italy and in addition in England so we’re shut collectively to stick with his household and to recollect him in the best method.

“For us he was an amazing participant however to begin with he was an amazing man. He train us loads of issues, not solely when he performed additionally when he converse with everybody. If you understand him and those who know him can solely converse properly about this nice man. He was an amazing chief for Italy.”

Stellini: Sarr has improved rather a lot in coaching

Pape Matar Sarr

Pape Matar Sarr is coming into first workforce rivalry / Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages

Pape Matar Sarr has attracted reward from part of Tottenham’s assist after some latest cameo appearances in midfield.

The 20-year-old returned to Metz on mortgage final season after becoming a member of Spurs in August 2021, however is now on the fringes of Antonio Conte’s aspect and appears to be in real rivalry for extra minutes.

Speaking of his improvement, what Spurs have been engaged on with Sarr and the way good he may be, Stellini stated: “He’s a really younger participant. It’s the primary time he got here to England. He has one 12 months expertise in Ligue 1 in France. About his ability, he can do every little thing as a result of he is an amazing participant with many potentialities. He’s a midfielder who can play in lots of positions. He’s a proficient participant.

“I spoke at my final press convention about the best way you must wait with younger gamers. If you employ younger gamers on the fallacious time, you may make a mistake. But with Pape, Antonio determined at this second that Pape is prepared and he improved rather a lot in coaching.

“We labored rather a lot on physique place and lots of expertise he has to enhance. He confirmed a need to enhance and this is essential for us. If you’re employed with a participant and so they present this need it is simpler. With Pape it’s straightforward. He has to proceed to work as a result of we now have a hierarchy, so he has to respect this and we now have to respect the gamers. He has the likelihood now and he has to point out his need and his high quality.”

Stellini additionally spoke about Harry Kane probably getting a relaxation in opposition to Portsmouth and stated it “could possibly be a possibility to present him a relaxation however we do not have many gamers and the selection is obligatory.”

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