Kyle Walker believes Tottenham's double training sessions are paying off.
Tottenham defender Kyle Walker has been talking about the big adjustment to Mauricio Pochettino, in the London Evening Standard.
He admits the extra training has been tricky to get used to, but is proving its worth as the season continues.
Walker said: "We weren’t used to the double sessions, under previous managers we’d train in the mornings and afternoon work was optional but now it’s compulsory.
“It’s paying off, though, and there’s no reason why we can’t qualify for the Champions League this season."
Early in the season Tottenham were struggling for form, but since the November international break there has been a real upturn in fortunes, barring the weekend's 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace.
Two players have exemplified benefit from Pochettino's approach. Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane have covered more distance in the last 10 Premier League games than any other Spurs players - and are both in the top four in the whole of Premier League for players within this period.
Spurs have had a knack of scoring decisive late goals this season, which can also be attributed to increased the fitness of the side.
The extra training sessions will have seemed gruelling earlier in the season when Spurs were not hitting form, but while they are in the hunt for the top four and remaining in cup competitions, players will stay motivated and continue to see them as beneficial rather than an unnecessary grind.