‘Everyone stays quiet’ – Midfielder opens up on the difficulty of virtual training sessions

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham confirmed earlier this week that their players will begin training at Hotspur Way on Tuesday but insisted that social distancing protocols will be maintained.

Since the club has to restrict the number of stars who are allowed at the training facility each day, it is certainly not business as usual yet at Hotspur Way.

Therefore, the vast majority of the squad is still undertaking regular virtual training sessions over webcam with the Tottenham staff and coaches.

It was revealed previously that the players are focussing on strength and conditioning work during their fitness sessions held over video conferencing platforms (Football.London).

As one would expect, having more than twenty players train together over video conference can get rather messy.

Harry Winks has now revealed that the only way in which players are able to get through the sessions is by staying quiet so that everyone can hear the sports scientist.

However, he revealed that it hasn’t stopped Lucas Moura from cracking jokes and making his teammates laugh.

Speaking to Micah Richards as part of the FA’s #footballstayinghome initiative (as relayed by the Mirror), Winks said: “Everyone has to mute their calls and stuff.

“We’ve got the sports scientist at the front trying to show us the drills and he is talking, and everyone else is, it’s impossible to do it so everyone stays quiet.

“But we have a few [jokers]. I would say Lucas, Lucas Moura is a funny character. He has that kind of childish banter but it works. He’s a good laugh.

“We have been doing the Zoom sessions. We have been on them every morning at 11 am with the team. 25 lads on the camera.

“The sports scientist at the front of the gym. He’s doing all the exercises 60-90 minutes of work every day.

“Starts with strength work, stretching mobility, then we go into running or bike session. Something difficult at the end to get our blood going, our heart going.”

Spurs Web Opinion

I don’t think normal training sessions are likely to resume anytime soon despite the Premier League’s tentative plans to begin training mid-may with a view to restarting the league in June. I just feel that the timeline is extremely unrealistic as it will put the players and their families at risk.

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