Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has revealed the Tottenham players are set to experience their most gruelling pre-season to date under Antonio Conte as backed up by the words of former Juventus midfielder Andre Pirlo and former Chelsea defender Gary Cahill.
Gold explained that while some long-serving Spurs stars did undergo extremely taxing training camps during pre-seasons under Mauricio Pochettino, they would have ‘never experienced’ what Conte and his fitness coaches Costantino Coratti, Gian Piero Ventrone and Stefano Bruno have planned for them this summer.
The Italian head coach’s pre-season schedule is said to require a whole new level of pushing their bodies to the limit, with high-intensity drills and extreme fitness work done in a concentrated amount of time said to be the foundation of Conte’s fitness philosophy.
Gold relays that Pirlo said on Juventus’ All or Nothing documentary in response to some of his players complaining about hard training sessions during pre-season: “I don’t give a crap that they complain. If they saw what we did with Conte, they’d kill themselves. [There were] people on the ground.”
The journalist also reveals that Cahill said during Chelsea’s first pre-season under the Italian: “Pre-season is always hard but this was one of the hardest I have experienced in the last few years – definitely in terms of fitness.
“We did a lot of running and intensive endurance work. I feel it has been only good for the body and got us in the condition you have to be in to play in the Premier League.”
Gold states that the Tottenham players who are involved in international games this month will get three weeks off and return in time for the club’s pre-season tour to South Korea on July 9.
Meanwhile, those not involved in internationals are expected to report for pre-season at the start of the same week.
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Conte’s gruelling pre-season will be a testing time for the likes of Ryan Sessegnon and Japhet Tanganga, who have broken down with injuries consistently over the past couple of years. Hopefully, their bodies will be able to cope with the demands of the Italian’s training regime.
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