Tom Huddlestone praises Mauricio Pochettino for taking a risk over training methods


Tom Huddlestone says Tottenham Hotspur's players are reaping the rewards of Mauricio Pochettino's double training sessions at the club.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Huddlestone told talkSPORT that he feels the greatest obstacle to Mauricio Pochettino settling in with his players has been removed.

Huddlestone has suggested that he’s been told about double training sessions at Spurs during early season, which he claims took Tottenham’s players a while to get used to.

“From what the Southampton and Tottenham lads have said, a lot of [his training] is double sessions in the early part of the season,” he said.

“It might take a little while to bed in but they’re well and truly over that now. They’re reaping the rewards of his training methods.”

The theory in training his players extra hard during the early part of the season is obvious.

It can help players get up to speed quickly in terms of their physical fitness and has long term benefits, which are paying off now.

Getting players up to a certain fitness level while teaching them a different style of play was always going to produce inconsistency in results.

However, one of the main aspects of Tottenham’s play at the moment is the way they press the ball high up the pitch.

That requires a good degree of physical fitness and the hard work done in early season, is now allowing Tottenham to excel and maintain a very high standard in big games.

Where the boss needs to step in and take control is if he sees players suffering from fatigue if he’s still demanding double sessions from his players.

Harry Kane is an example of a player who is vital in his position and who needs to be well looked after over the rest of the campaign.

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