We can all gripe about how genuine Burnley’s efforts were to clear the pitch or complain about sub-terrain heaters or pitch covers, however, none of that matters for Tottenham Hotspur. At this point, all Conte and his team got out of a road trip that became a joyride, was two more wasted days, which this team and their new coach desperately need.
There were only two positives for Spurs
The first positive is that many of the teams around Tottenham, like Wolves, Manchester United, and West Ham all dropped points. Of course, if Spurs do not get all three points they now have in hand, then that positive is wasted.
The other positive, and about the only bright side from the match being postponed was the fact that some players like Harry Kane – who has played non-stop since the Covid-restart last year – could get some much-needed rest. Even then, how much rest does a player get riding a coach for close to five hours one-way, my guess is not much.
Some rest that was far from relaxation and repose and a theoretical three points in hand are not the recipe for a great day, but it was what it was for Spurs.
Even worse than the wasted time riding the coach for Tottenham was the lost time with the coach.
What Conte needs with his Tottenham Hotspur squad more than anything else is time. Having come into the team in the middle of the season, Conte already lost his preseason. Then only two weeks into his reign, the league took a break for international play.
If we add in the two extra matches that Spurs will hopefully play in the Europa Conference League that is now four days in just the last week, the team has lost that could have been team development under Conte.
Sunday was a complete wash and now whenever the match is scheduled in due course, it will be another day that Conte cannot train his team in his image. Given where Tottenham is and where Conte wants the team to be, what Spurs need is practice time and more of it was lost thanks to the snow.
The outcome clearly could have been worse – no players from either team suffered injuries in the snow – however, losing the time that Conte so desperately needs with this side, both now and in the future, hurts Spurs’ cause.