Harry Kane has explained how new Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho has reduced the intensity of the training since he arrived at the club and wants the players to save their energy for games.
Mourinho took charge of Spurs last Wednesday and only had three days to prepare the team for their first game against West Ham. The Portuguese got off to a perfect start, guiding the team to their first away victory in the Premier League since January.
Speaking after the game, Kane told the Independent that the new Spurs boss has altered the way the players train through the week.
The Spurs striker said, “He’s (Mourinho) said that training’s not going to be 100mph. Feel yourself into it, you’ll get to know me, I’ll get to know you and then on the weekend he wants us to perform, to bring loads of energy, loads of passion, fight for the club and that’s what we’ve done today (Saturday against West Ham).”
Mauricio Pochettino had a reputation of demanding a lot from the players and having them train extremely hard (Mirror).
While this was hailed as transformative when Tottenham were competing for the title in seasons gone by, a report by The Athletic a couple of months ago claimed that some of the players felt overworked and had very little left to give.
Mourinho and his new number two Joao Sacramento are both said to be fans of a methodology called ‘tactical periodisation’ which involves integrating physical training with technical and tactical work (BBC Sport).
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Mourinho’s move in reducing the intensity of the training is probably a response to the fact that the players felt overworked under Pochettino. It was noticeable against West Ham that the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli were willing to work harder than they have on most occasions this season.
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