Robbie Keane has claimed that some Tottenham players are not going like how hard they will be made to work under Antonio Conte and his coaching staff in the training ground.
Within the first week of Conte’s appointment at Spurs, reports emerged that the Italian found several members of the squad to be overweight and significantly altered their diets.
The 52-year-old is also thought to have put the players who stayed behind at Hotspur Way through the international breakthrough a ‘mini pre-season’.
That certainly seemed as though it had the desired effect during Tottenham’s clash against Leeds, with Conte’s men covering more distance than Marcelo Bielsa’s side in the 2-1 win.
Keane noticed that Dele Alli, who came on as a late substitute, was being put through his paces after the final whistle, with the former Spurs striker insisting it was a sign of things to come under Conte.
Keane told Super Sunday on Sky Sports (07:16 pm): “Most of those players have been away. But in the second half, the intensity.
“He demands that from his players. He’ll have them in during the afternoons and everything. He wants to nail down exactly what he wants to do on the training ground.
“It’s going to be hard work for the players. Some won’t like it, especially the ones who are not involved.
“After the game, you can see there, Dele Alli is doing a lot of running.
“It’s going to be difficult. If you want to succeed at this football club, you have a top manager, but you need to help him.”
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Conte will not accept anything less than 100 per cent commitment and effort from all members of the squad. So, whether they like it or not, the players will have to do what he demands without complaining.
That is why the next couple of months could potentially make or break for the likes of Ndomebele at Spurs, with Conte already having spoken about the need for the Frenchman to work harder than others.
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