'It's funny': £13m man shares what Tottenham's players have all been saying about their fitness coach in pre-season
The Spurs players are currently touring South Korea for the Coupang Play Series and have undergone some gruelling sessions. Players were pictured collapsing during training in Seoul on Monday, while Harry Kane even vomited, as reported by the Athletic.
And the man behind these brutal sessions is fitness coach Gian Piero Ventrone. You’d think that the Spurs players would be sick of the sight of him after training, but defender Matt Doherty says that is not the case.
Speaking to Football.London, the 30-year-old admitted that he and his teammates hold the Italian in high regard.
Matt Doherty praises Gian Piero
He said: “It’s all love for Gian Piero actually. It’s funny because we were having this conversation. Normally when you have a fitness coach like that who is running you ragged you start to not like him but that’s not the case. We all absolutely love him,”
The gruelling sessions paid off on Wednesday as Spurs ran out 6-3 winners in their first pre-season game against Team K-League.
It was a positive start to the summer for Spurs as new signing Richarlison ‘impressed’ Conte on his debut. Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane also got on the scoresheet in what was a promising display from the team.
And maybe they have Ventrone to thank for their fast start as the hard yards on the training pitches clearly paid off.
Doherty also told Football.London that his teammates respect the fitness coach and do exactly as he commands in training.
He added: “We’ve got so much respect for him that we do whatever he tells us to.”
The Irishman will be hoping to kick on this season after suffering a knee injury that hampered his progress under Conte towards the end of the last campaign.
Doherty was signed from Wolves for a fee of £13.4 million (Football.London) in the summer of 2020 but struggled to make an impact at the beginning of his Spurs career. But his form did improve dramatically under Conte before his injury.
Conte and his Tottenham team are back in action again tomorrow as they take on La Liga outfit Sevilla in what is their final game in South Korea. The Italian will be hopeful that the ‘intense’ sessions will pay off in the upcoming season.