Antonio Conte has Tottenham players on their knees after gruelling lengths in pre-season July 24, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer

It’s safe to say that football, as a sport, has experienced some pretty significant changes over the last 30 years.

As well as things like the backpass rule and VAR, the relationships managers have with their players is also different.


Conte works his players extremely hard and expects no nonsense

Son and Kane were among the players struggling with the intense running earlier in pre-season


Son and Kane were among the players struggling with the intense running earlier in pre-season

And the perfect example of that is Tottenham, who have been in South Korea for pre-season with current boss Antonio Conte.

In a bid to get fit for the new campaign, Spurs players were put through some brutal training regimes, which have been posted on social media, leaving players hands-on-knees at the side of the pitch.

Conte and fitness coach Gian Piero Ventura were making players undertake 42 full pitch runs after a two-hour training session in 30-degree heat.

That is a slightly different approach to the one taken by ex-Tottenham gaffer Ossie Ardiles who, according to Jurgen Klinsmann, would give them money to go to the pub with!

“It was different in so many ways,” the German said about his move to Tottenham from Monaco, who he joined from Inter Milan.

“In Italy, after training, you might have a club meal with some wine; here it was a beer or two in the players’ lounge after the match.

Klinsmann with Ardiles after signing for Spurs

Klinsmann with Ardiles after signing for Spurs

“Although I never saw in Italy what happened when we played a friendly in Dublin.

“Ossie came in the dressing room after the game and handed us £20 or £30 each. He just said: ‘Have a good time.’

“So we all went to the pub. That was wonderful, the simplicity of getting together, getting us working as hard as we could and enjoying the company of everyone.”

When it comes to both Conte’s intense workout and Klinsmann’s pub visits, too much of either may leave you unable to stand…

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