Son Heung-min has admitted the pre-season fitness work the squad have done over recent days has been extremely challenging.
Antonio Conte and his coaching staff have built a reputation for pushing players’ bodies to the limit with high-intensity drills and extreme fitness work done during pre-season.
The Tottenham squad have experienced it first-hand over the last couple of days in South Korea, with the players reportedly being made to run 42 pitch lengths after two hours of training in 30C heat at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on Monday (Daily Mail).
With it being an open training session, there were plenty of pictures and videos doing the rounds on social media which showed the players struggling to complete the expected distance.
Son appeared to be one of several players who was struggling with the drills, with the South Korean collapsing to the ground at one point and having to be helped to his feet by Harry Kane.
Son Heung-min is feeling the effects of Conte's gruelling pre-season drills 😳pic.twitter.com/g5mvtjlPV1
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However, the 30-year-old insisted that the players are aware of the importance of building their fitness up ahead of the upcoming season.
When asked about the uncompromising workload, Son told Football.London: “I’m not sure how many kilometres I covered but there is a set target the coaches want us to cover.
“Training is very important and there were no particular words among the players after because the training was hard, what they did say was that it was hard.”
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While the workload will certainly not be fun for the players, they would know that this kind of conditioning work will make their jobs easier once the campaign begins.
Conte takes pride in ensuring his sides outwork and outrun every team they come up against, and the foundation for that is evidently the work that is done during pre-season.
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