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Back in October, Nuno Espirito Santo upset Harry Winks when leaving most of the Tottenham squad in London for the Conference League clash with Vitesse Arnhem.

The £50,000-a-week Spurs man argued that “we’re meant to be a team” when admitting it was hard to see first-teamers left behind and rested.

As quoted by the Evening Standard, Winks said: “It is tough. We’re meant to be a team. It’s meant to be a competition. It’s meant to be competitive. Everybody should be fighting for weekend games and it’s difficult.”

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Now, Antonio Conte has seemingly reacted.

What’s the story?

Well, ahead of tonight’s game against Mura, Conte included all of his big names in the squad, with nobody left in north London.

The only exception was Steven Bergwijn, due to illness.

Admittedly, Conte could probably leave the likes of Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, Sergio Reguilon and Hugo Lloris behind, and still record a win.

With all due respect to Mura, even Tottenham’s fringe players are superstars in comparison to their options.

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However, the Italian opted not to repeat Nuno’s mistake, which we feel is a wise decision – especially after Winks complained about it.

No brainer for Antonio Conte at Tottenham

In truth, Conte may not even have heard what Winks said – this is probably something he’d have done anyway, as it’s just the logical thing to do.

Leaving key players at home sends the wrong message to those who have travelled.

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It suggests to them that the match is of little significance, or else the big names would’ve been involved – you can certainly understand why Winks was annoyed, and we would be too.

Clearly, Conte knows how to keep his players happy, something Nuno evidently struggled to do.

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