The Lowdown: Pre-season in South Korea
Antonio Conte and the Spurs squad hopped on the plane and made the journey to South Korea on Saturday as they kicked off their pre-season tour ahead of the new Premier League season.
On arrival at the Seoul World Cup Stadium, the players were made to complete an intense two-hour training session in the soaring temperatures, which included multiple drills, game situations and two-touch and multi-touch matches.
That wasn’t the end of it though, as the boss unveiled a challenge of his own, making his team do 42 pitch-long runs with limited breaks to see who could push themselves to the brink.
The Latest: Gold’s ‘brutal’ reaction
Taking to Twitter, Gold, who’s travelled to Korea and is watching the action from the sidelines, reacted to the vigorous routines he’d seen the Tottenham players involved in. He wrote:
“You know it was brutal when you’ve even got the England captain being sick by the side of the pitch. Without doubt the most gruelling training session I’ve seen in the flesh, especially for those who have just joined up with the squad after their holidays.”
The Verdict: Positive in the long term
Whilst these training regimes will be unimaginably tough and difficult to deal with in the short term, it’s this kind of work that will set Spurs up for a successful campaign ahead.
Conte has already made five summer signings in Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and Clement Lenglet, and with this calibre of players, he clearly has high ambitions in terms of what he wants to achieve next term.
The obvious aim for the boss will be to maintain a top-four place in the Premier League at the very least, but also to get his hands on some silverware as the team prepare for a return to the Champions League, where the mid-week games and packed schedule will require an immense level of fitness.
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