Jose Mourinho’s decision to train outdoors with Tanguy Ndombele on Tuesday was a psychological strategy to make the midfielder feel like an important member of the team, according to a report by The Athletic.
The Spurs boss was pictured overseeing a training session with Ndombele at a local park on Tuesday and came in for criticism for defying the UK government’s rules which state that outdoor exercise can be undertaken only with other people from the same household.
Mourinho has since apologised for his actions (Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick).
The Athletic reveal that the session was not about achieving any specific fitness objectives for the French international but instead consisted of routine stretching, sprinting, and jogging.
Given the uncertainty surrounding when the season will resume, it is said that the priority for the players at the moment is to maintain core fitness levels.
It is revealed that Mourinho viewed the session as a means to make Ndombele feel important and thought it would be better to spend some personal time with the 23-year-old rather than connecting virtually through a video link.
It is also claimed that turning around the Frenchman’s fitness issues is a big priority for the Spurs boss.
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While Jose’s decision to train outdoors has proven to be a PR-disaster for the club, it is encouraging to see that he is keen to get Ndombele fit and firing. I don’t believe he would have done that if the former Lyon man was not in his plans moving forward.
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