The Athletic have revealed that Antonio Conte believes a handful of Tottenham players are overweight and has thus made major changes to their fitness regime and nutrition.
The Italian is thought to have made it clear to his squad that a number of them are overweight and their current levels were ‘unacceptable’
In his first week at the club, Conte is said to have demanded their mentalities change if they wish to play and win under him.
The 52-year-old has also apparently cut out heavy foods and sandwiches after training, including taking away ketchup and mayonnaise.
Conte has also asked the club to cut down on fruit juices and avoid cooking with oil and butter, while asking the Tottenham players to eat more fruit.
The Athletic also shed light on the intense training sessions the former Inter boss has put the Spurs squad through in his first week.
It is explained that instead of having a gym or pool session on Friday following Thursday’s 3-2 win over Vitesse, the players were put through a vigorous training session.
One unnamed player’s output in Friday’s training session was said to be 75 per cent of what it would be in a match.
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I remember Juande Ramos doing something similar in 2008 by cutting down on ketchup in the canteen and asking the likes of Paul Robinson and Tom Huddlestone to drop a few kilos. That did not go down too well with the Spurs squad back then.
However, the players will certainly listen to someone of Conte’s stature. It might take a few months for the improved fitness levels to manifest on the pitch but it is good to see that the Italian is not wasting any time in addressing what has been a problem area for the squad since Pochettino departed.
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