According to a report from ESPN, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been particularly adept at sticking to the dietary recommendations set by Antonio Conte during his time at Tottenham Hotspur.
Hojbjerg has been enjoying a fairly impressive campaign on an individual level this year, with five goals and five assists to his name so far (Transfermarkt).
Things will be very different around the club now, after it was officially announced that Conte had left his position as manager.
The decision came after Conte had publicly criticised his players in the press conference after the Southampton game earlier this month (Football.London).
A recent report from the Daily Mail suggested Tottenham players were unhappy with Conte’s defensive tactics and had pleaded with the Italian to change to a more attacking approach. It is thought the players were also against Conte’s fitness regime, too.
After Conte’s explosive press conference, Hojbjerg was actually the first Spurs player to speak out. The Danish midfielder was keen for the 53-year-old to be more honest and open with his players (Tipsbladet).
Conte is gone now, but the latest from ESPN has offered some insight into the Italian’s reign at Spurs.
Apparently, Hojbjerg was “particularly diligent with his diet in the training ground canteen.” Upon his arrival at the club, “Conte urged other players to follow” Hojbjerg’s lead in a more healthy diet.
Conte “initially believed too many players indulged themselves with unhealthy meal choices,” and by the sounds of it, Hojbjerg took this advice on board.
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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg strikes me as the kind of player who would do whatever it takes to improve and better serve the team, and it sounds like he did just that when Conte clamped down on the dietary advice with his squad.
It will be interesting to see if that sticks now that Conte is gone.
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