Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has told the London Evening Standard that Mauricio Pochettino is the most intense manager he has ever worked under.
Pochettino's demanding style took a while to take effect at White Hart Lane, but it is paying dividends now - with the side gunning for a top-four spot and major domestic honours.
Tottenham have been one of the country's form sides for a sustained period of time, and Kane has heaped praise on his manager's methods as the reason behind their success.
“In terms of physical work, Mauricio Pochettino is definitely the most intense manager I’ve ever worked with," Kane said. "Pre-season was tough, with double sessions and running after training.
"He used the high-pressing game at Southampton and wanted that for us. A lot of players aren’t used to it and it’s been tough. It’s the hardest it’s ever been for me under any manager but the rewards are there. I feel stronger, fitter and faster.”
The rewards of Pochettino's training schedule have been clear to see this campaign, with Spurs scoring a number of late goals to earn three points.
The Lilywhites are unquestionably one of the fittest squads in the league and their stamina has fired them up the table, while others struggled over the busy Christmas period.
Kane's goals have also been a major reason that Spurs have been able to sustain a Champions League push.
The striker has shot to prominence this season and is becoming a real crowd favourite at White Hart Lane, after developing in their youth system.
Kane has notched 22 times and his double against Arsenal over the weekend means that he goes into tonight's game with Liverpool filled with confidence that he will be able to add to his tally.