Kevin Phillips has claimed that we might see several of Tottenham’s players pick up injuries during the Christmas period due to Antonio Conte’s intense training regime.
According to reports, Conte decided to alter the players’ diets and put them under a more intense training regime within his first week at the club as the Italian considered several of the Spurs first-team to be overweight.
During the recent international break, the 52-year-old allegedly put the squad through ‘a mini pre-season’ including several days of double sessions.
Sergio Reguilon even described the two weeks heading into the Leeds clash as “the worst weeks of my life”, given how hard he worked.
That certainly seemed to have the desired effect, with the Lilywhites covering more distance than Leeds, who are known to be one of the fittest sides in the division.
Phillips believes that Conte needs to dial up the intensity of the training gradually rather than changing things overnight.
The former Sunderland striker told Football Insider: “By all accounts, the training has been very intense since Conte has come in. It worries me how intense Conte’s sessions have been.
“In my opinion, I think you should change it bit by bit. It can lead to problems if the training is too intense, especially at this stage of the season.
“The games comes thick and fast. The surfaces on the pitches change a bit, they become a bit heavier so there is an increased chance of injury.
“You need to be careful in training. They have to get the balance right.
“In terms of Conte joining in training though, the players will love it. It looks like the atmosphere and team spirit have changed already. Let’s hope that continues.”
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Conte will argue that he had no choice but to increase the intensity of the training since he did not have a pre-season to get the squad fit enough to implement his style of play. I would not be surprised if we see more players picking up injuries through the busy Christmas period than usual.
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