Ashley Young makes claim about Tottenham boss Antonio Conte's Inter training sessions
In an interview with the Telegraph, Young has lifted the lid on the intensity of Conte’s training sessions following his move from Manchester United.
Conte has a fearsome reputation for being uncompromising in terms of fitness, and his Spurs side were seen doing a hugely intense running drill during their pre-season trip to South Korea.
Young said Conte got him as fit as he had ever been in his career, despite being a veteran, who had played for title-winning United sides.
Young on ‘intense’ Conte
Young said of Conte: “Oh, he is intense. If you ask any player who has played under him – you either sink or swim. You have to be on board with him and want to work. He is going to test you. But if you can come through that test and you want to win and succeed…
“He [Conte] tests you in training, where you are running non-stop. There will be different training times. It’s a different culture. I say that we ran a lot out there … I think I saw every part of that training ground because we ran around it all.
“I say it was one of the toughest pre-seasons  but I think it set me in good stead. From then I have felt the fittest I have ever felt. I know saying that at 37, having gone through my twenties, is crazy. But you get to know your body. I don’t know whether it was being pushed as hard as ever.
“But it was a crazy amount of running – I know that. You could tell in games when teams would stay with us until half-time and then around the 60th minute you would see them drop off because they couldn’t deal with our fitness. We would kick on again and there were so many times we got late goals.”
ESPN recently reported that Conte’s approach of working the players to a gruelling extent has been doubted by some sources within the club.
Spurs got into a habit of making slow starts either side of the World Cup, but they have won their last two games by scoring five goals and conceding none.
The amount of comebacks they have produced this season may indicate they are benefitting from the same methods as Young.
But something needs to be done so that Spurs consistently start fast, and this Sunday’s north London derby will be one where they cannot get caught cold.
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