Ben Davies has told the Guardian that the Welsh squad cannot believe the demands of Mauricio Pochettino in Tottenham Hotspur training.
Davies has established himself as part of Wales squad, and he regularly talks to his international teammates about his football at White Hart Lane.
And the full-back says that many of the Wales squad simply cannot get their head around how hard Spurs’ players are required to work in training.
“The intensity [was] something totally new to me,” he says.
“I go back with Wales and tell them the amount of training we’re doing and some of the players can’t believe it. But we’re not complaining when we’re second in the league and we’re playing better than a lot of teams in this league. It makes us feel proud of it.”
Pochettino has built a reputation as one of the most demanding managers in football, and he is still putting on double-sessions at this stage of the season.
The benefit of this thorough preparation has been shown by Tottenham’s squad throughout the campaign so far.
Spurs are currently in second place in the Premier League table, and they have been able to show greater fitness levels than many of their opponents during matches.
Tottenham’s stamina was once again highlighted yesterday, when they left it late to secure a crucial three points against Manchester City, to consolidate their place in the top-four.