With the United Kingdom still in strict lockdown, Tottenham’s stars are continuing to train at home in order to keep themselves fit and sharp for any Premier League return.
The club confirmed last week that some players have begun training at Hotspur Way but, since social distancing protocols are being followed, stars are using the facility on a strict rotational basis.
This is an especially challenging time for goalkeepers, who have to keep their reflexes sharp by training regularly. Hugo Lloris, Paulo Gazzaniga and Michel Vorm have all opened up on how they are trying to maintain their sharpness during the shutdown.
Lloris, who was one of the first players to report to the training centre last Tuesday, has revealed that he is itching to get back to work with goalkeeper coach, Nuno Santos.
The Tottenham captain told the club’s official website: “I’ve done the collective sessions online with the team.
“I’ve been focussed on my fitness, on my legs, my upper body and trying to stay fit.
“I’ve also worked a bit on cardio with some individual running and bike sessions within the social distancing rules.
“In terms of goalkeeping sessions, I’m looking forward to coming back to the training ground to work with Nuno when we are permitted to.
“Like the Club announced, I started at the training ground on Tuesday, running individually while respecting the distance and the rules of self-isolation, so it’s a little step forward for me and I look forward to more as soon as possible.
“Obviously the health situation is the most important thing so we have to respect the rules.”
Gazzaniga revealed that he has been using the help of his girlfriend Patricia to help him during his training sessions.
He revealed: “It’s nice to train together with the team, even online. We do that every day but that is more for physical conditioning, to keep us fit during this period.
“I’m also doing goalkeeper training by myself at home. I’m looking at reactions, saves and strength with some exercises, like shooting a football to the wall and then saving the rebound.
“Also, I’ve been teaching Patricia to help me to work on some goalkeeper exercises. Obviously, it’s not the same as working in detail with our coaches on the training pitch, but it’s all helped during this period.”
Vorm also opened up the difficulty of not being able to dive around while training at home but admitted he is enjoying the online training sessions with the squad.
The Dutchman added: “Obviously you work on your footwork – we do quite a lot with ladders (speed and agility training ladders that lay on the ground), so that’s good – and the power in your legs, to make sure that’s there.
“To be honest, that’s more general, not only for the goalkeepers, but as a keeper you can’t dive around that much at home so you need to make the best of the situation.
” I really enjoy the online sessions with the group to be honest because it gives you a rhythm – the exercise bike sessions are really, really, really tough!”
Spurs Web Opinion
Jose Mourinho hasn’t had a fully fit squad to work with since taking over as Spurs boss in November. One positive from the coronavirus shutdown is that he is going to have that at his disposal for the first time. This is why I believe that we have a decent chance of making up the points deficit to fourth place should the season resume.
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