Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso has admitted that it will be a little strange to be training and playing matches during the festive period.
With a busy schedule over the festive period being a tradition in English football, Spurs will be involved in as many as four matches over the next week and a half starting with tomorrow’s Boxing Day clash against Brighton in North London.
This will be the first time Tottenham’s summer signing Lo Celso is not on holiday during Christmas with Argentina, France and Spain where he previously played his football, all having a break over Christmas.
Speaking about the different experience in England, the 23-year-old told Spurs’ official website, “It’s the first Christmas I’ll spend away from Argentina. The leagues I previously played in had a winter break and there were no matches at this time of year.
“It will therefore be a different Christmas for me as we’ve got lots of games to play.”
When asked to describe a typical Christmas back in Argentina, the former PSG man said, “You spend it with family and friends, eat a nice asado (barbecue) and swim in the pool. It will be different here with a winter climate and plenty of football to be played – I’ll look to make the most of it.”
The Argentina international revealed that his family will travel to England to celebrate Christmas with him but admitted that he might not partake in the usual Christmas feast, with Tottenham having a game the next day.
Lo Celso added, “It’s important to spend time with the family. My family will be flying over to spend Christmas with me in London. It’s an important day to celebrate.
“(We usually eat) Vitel toné. It’s a traditional food in Argentina that we eat every year at Christmas. I don’t know if I’ll be having it this year but I’ll enjoy whatever we eat on Christmas Day.”
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It must be a little bit of a culture shock for both Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso as their bodies will have been used to getting a winter break to recover. However, with neither players having featured much recently, hopefully, they will be fresh and play a big part in the busy run of fixtures over the next two weeks.
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