The Athletic have revealed that Nuno Espirito Santo and Fabio Paratici are both keen to get the Tottenham squad back to peak fitness, which they feel was not the case during Jose Mourinho’s time at the club.

During the final couple of months of Mourinho’s time at Spurs, there were reports of dissatisfaction with the 58-year-old’s training methods and suggestions that the squad felt as though they were not being worked hard enough.

Tottenham’s managing director of football, Paratici, seemed to allude to the issue during his interview with Spurs TV last week, where he asserted that Nuno will ensure the squad is worked hard physically.

The Athletic now suggest that some Tottenham stars who were not representing their countries during the off-season were working hard on their fitness as they felt that it was neglected during Mourinho’s time at the club.

Nuno and Paratici are thus said to view improving the fitness of the squad as a priority during pre-season.

It is alleged that the players also felt ‘under-coached’ by the Special One and are thus looking forward to starting a new chapter with Nuno.

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One always has to interpret these reports in context as the information could just be representative of the feelings of one or two sources inside the dressing room rather than the majority of the squad.

One also has to remember that there were reports of the players feeling overworked under Pochettino when results went downhill for the Argentine during his final few months at the club.

These kinds of reasons are often presented to explain a poor run of results. However, the fact that Paratici alluded to the fitness of the squad in his interview to Spurs TV, does seem to suggest that there might be truth to the allegation.

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