Kevin Wimmer sheds light on Tottenham's gruelling pre-season schedule

Crystal Palace's Emmanuel Adebayor in action with Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer

The Austrian is working hard on the training pitch ahead of the new season.

Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer in action with Fiorentina's Josip IlicicTottenham's Kevin Wimmer in action with Fiorentina's Josip Ilicic

Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer has shed light on the notoriously gruelling nature of Mauricio Pochettino’s pre-season schedule, in an interview with the club’s official website.

The Argentine is known to put his men through double sessions in the lead up to a new season and Wimmer knows the hard graft will be worth it in the end.

“I started a little bit later this season because of the Euros but the other guys told me that the first few weeks were very tough,” said the 23-year old.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino (R) talks to Danny Rose during trainingTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino (R) talks to Danny Rose during training

“It’s been a very tough week, we’ve trained a lot – your body, your muscles and everything hurts! Sometimes it’s not that much fun in pre-season but you know you have to train and work hard so you are very fit during the season.

“We all know that this season will be even harder with the Champions League, we want to do well in the Premier League again and that’s why we need a good pre-season… It has to be tough in this period but at the end I think it will help us,” he added.

Crystal Palace's Emmanuel Adebayor in action with Tottenham's Kevin WimmerCrystal Palace's Emmanuel Adebayor in action with Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer

The Austrian defender was a revelation for Spurs last season, after stepping up to take the place of the injured Jan Vertonghen in January, and he will be aiming to build on that in the upcoming campaign.

Vertonghen once again finds himself sidelined, following ligament damage sustained at Euro 2016, meaning Wimmer is likely to start the season in the Lilywhites’ first-team.

Jan Vertonghen - Tottenham Hotspur in action against John Eustace - WatfordJan Vertonghen in action

Spurs fans will be relaxed about that prospect, with many feeling that the Austrain actually outperformed the Belgian last season and was unlucky to lose his place once the more senior centre-back returned.

Pochettino’s men step up their pre-season efforts next week, with high-profile friendlies against Juventus and Atletico Madrid after three behind-closed-doors friendlies at Hotspur Way thus far, and the hard work looks set to continue in earnest.

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