And, despite eventually sealing a 3-2 victory over AFC Bournemouth last time out, the 53-year-old Italian will undoubtedly be hoping for his side to get off to a much quicker start in France this evening, with Spurs having fallen two goals behind to the newly-promoted Cherries before springing a second-half comeback.
In order to have the best possibility of achieving this, Conte simply must get his starting XI spot on against last season’s Ligue 1 runners-up tonight, with Rodrigo Bentancur appearing something of a shoo-in to regain his place in central midfield after starting Saturday’s win on the bench.
Indeed, despite spending just 32 minutes on the pitch, the £43m-rated talent was arguably Tottenham’s most important player, completing 30 of his 33 attempted passes, finding his man with three of his four attempted long balls and making one key pass, as well as winning three of his four duels – a success rate of 75% and completing both of his attempted dribbles.
However, the £75k-per-week playmaker’s most notable contribution at the Vitality Stadium was undoubtedly his last-minute winner, with the Uruguay international cooly lifting the ball over a helpless Mark Travers deep into injury time to seal all three points for the visitors.
These metrics saw the 25-year-old earn an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.7 – the joint second-best rating of any Spurs player on the day – while Ryan Sessegnon also praised Bentancur’s impact after the match, with the wing-back stating:
“He’s obviously a very good midfield player, very composed. You saw it with the finish, he could have easily been rash and put it over the bar but he showed composure to guide it into the net. It was a very important moment.”
Furthermore, with the former Juventus centrocampista averaging a rather remarkable SofaScore match rating of 7.14 over his five Champions League fixtures this season – ranking him as Tottenham’s fourth-best player in the competition – it is clear to see that the Uruguayan is an extremely important part of the Spurs squad.
As such, Conte simply must unleash the player who Tom Robson dubbed a “Rolls-Royce” in his starting XI this evening, as it is evident that Bentancur has all of the tools to bully the French side’s midfield, which could well include former Arsenal man Matteo Guendouzi.