Former Juventus boss Antonio Conte wasn’t afraid to share his opinion as he labelled Tottenham Hotspur a 'vastly superior' team to their upcoming Europa League opponents Fiorentina, the Mirror reports.
The Italian national team coach visited Spurs on Tuesday as he undergoes a scouting mission ahead of Italy’s international friendly with England in March.
On his travels, he met up with Argentine Mauricio Pochettino and ended up giving the Spurs coach some friendly, albeit controversial, tips ahead of the Serie A outfit’s visit on Thursday.
"Fiorentina's centre forward is slow and lazy and the full-backs don't mark up properly," Conte was quoted as saying by the Mirror.
The Tuscan-based side currently lie in fourth spot in Italy’s top flight, four points behind Napoli in third and in the final Champions League place.
They have conceded 23 goals in as many matches, but news of a weakness in the full-back areas will no doubt be of interest to the likes of Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela.
A number of Tottenham goals this season have come as a result of Harry Kane finishing off accurate crosses, and it is their ability to seize opportunities which prompts Conte to pick them as favourites.
"I would like to see Fiorentina win, but I think Spurs have the better team and are vastly superior,” Conte reportedly added.
Pochettino may decide to make a few changes as the games come thick and fast for the Lilywhites, and his line-up could also give an indication as to how seriously he is taking the competition.
Fellow Premier League sides Everton and Liverpool are also in action, with the latter taking on a Besiktas side who have already faced North London duo Arsenal and Spurs in Europe this season.