Mourinho opens up on how Spurs’ small group training sessions have been working

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Jose Mourinho has admitted that it has been hard for him to see the Bundesliga season return while Premier League clubs are still waiting in the wings.

The Special One also opened up on exactly how Tottenham’s small group sessions had been working ahead of an imminent return to full-squad training.

Clubs were given the green light to begin contact training today as the Premier League is working towards a mid-June restart.

The Spurs boss admitted that he is desperate for action in the Premier League to get underway. Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “Honestly, since the moment Bundesliga started, the Portuguese league and Spanish league announced a date to start, I think it is the most difficult moment for us, because we want to play.

“It is hard to see other countries playing football and we don’t do it.”

The 57-year-old revealed that he has always been a fan of the footballing calendar during the festive period in England where games come thick and fast.

However, now that the roles have been reversed, the Portuguese coach admitted that he was envious of his counterparts in the Bundesliga.

He said: “I always loved, and always tried to make my players love the Christmas period, where instead of being sad, we were always happy to give people what people love. In this moment we are feeling a bit of the opposite.

“German professionals are giving the world something that they love, and we are not, and we want to play, but of course we are respectful of the authorities and we trust them and the Premier League.

“We just have to wait for the decision; when they tell us the moment to start, we want very much to do it.”

Mourinho also opened up on the challenges he and his coaching staff have faced during phase one of training, where players were required to train in groups of four or five rather than together as a squad.

He added: “Obviously it was an amazing feeling for everybody to be back on the green carpet because I think we all miss even the smell of it!

“There was a period where we were starting training and 9 am and finishing at 5 pm because by having players train individually, we had to have different slots. Some people were coming at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm.

“To be honest, my boys in the staff were really, really tired for a certain period. You could find a funny picture of me riding a bike, because we had the pitches at a huge distance, and without a bike, I couldn’t control every training session at the same time!”

Spurs Web Opinion

Jose is a natural competitor and it is certainly understandable that he feels lost without any footballing action for almost three months. He and the team will hopefully be raring to go if and when the league does resume next month. We are still very much in the race for the top four with nine games left to be played and with our injured stars now back fit.

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