‘You feel the intensity’ – Hojbjerg opens up on his first impressions of Conte

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has admitted that he is enjoying the intensity and the will to win that Antonio Conte has brought to Tottenham Hotspur.

Less than two weeks into his reign at Spurs, Conte has already gone about making some big changes at the club.

According to The Athletic, the Italian wants the players to improve their fitness levels considerably and has already altered their fitness routine and nutrition.

The attention to detail in the 52-year-old’s training sessions is thought to have left the Spurs squad very impressed.

Even though Conte had been in charge for only a few days before the Everton clash, his fingerprints were already visible in Tottenham’s set up at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Lining up in a 3-4-3, the Lilywhites looked much more solid in defence than they have for large parts of the campaign so far.

Hojbjerg, who has started both of Tottenham’s games under Conte so far, revealed that the former Inter boss has already brought a level of organisation to the side.

When asked what Conte’s message has been to the players, the midfielder told Spurs’ official website: “That work has to be done. Improvement has to happen.

“But still, he’s trying also to give his point of view in terms of how he wants us to play and how he is trying to manage us tactically.

“These are, again, very concrete, very well organised, very well analysed. So, for a player to get this kind of information and this kind of coaching is very motivating.

“You know, if you have the right attitude and will to work, you will only improve under a great manager like this.

“You feel the intensity, you feel the hunger, you feel the will to sacrifice everything to try and win. That’s something – and, again, I speak for myself as a player – it’s very refreshing, it’s very motivating.

“Like I said, if you have the right attitude, the right will to improve, you will improve a lot and make some great steps.

“In the end, there’s a clear objective for the team, and this is just fantastic to be able to be a part of. I can only try and listen to what he has to say.

“It’s a pleasure and a great honour to be able to learn under him and his coaching staff. It is intense, it is demanding and this is what I like.”

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Despite the few limitations that Hojbjerg has as a player, I do expect him and Conte to get along very well. Their personalities are quite similar and I believe the Italian will quickly recognise the former Saints midfielder as one of those he can count on.

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