Jose Mourinho is going to start taking Spurs training via video link due to coronavirus lockdown

  • Oli Moore

For all the doom and gloom at the moment, the coronavirus pandemic may well save Tottenham’s season if the worst case scenario is realised and the Premier League is declared null and void.

Despite replacing Mauricio Pochettino with Jose Mourinho after a poor start to the season, things haven’t really picked up for the North Londoners and they currently sit in a disappointing eighth in the table, seven points outside the top four.

And the current campaign sits in stark contrast to the previous one, where they reached the Champions League final and were experiencing the optimism of starting out in their new stadium.

Consistency has been a key issue for Spurs this season, with them unable to put a strong run together. Couple that with the usual competition from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United for those final Champions League places, and the incredible performances of Wolves and Sheffield United, and things aren’t looking good for Jose’s men.

The one positive is that they sit one place above rivals Arsenal and COVID-19 stopped proceedings when Spurs were enduring a run of two defeats in three league games.

All football in the UK is suspended until April 30, with a restart then looking extremely unlikely at the moment. If the lockdown drags on and the season is indeed written off, Tottenham’s fourth-place finish last season would mean an automatic return to Champions League football next year.

With people across the country isolating because of the pandemic, clubs have had varying approaches to the health and fitness of their squads, with some players on their own training routines and others being given time off to rest.

But for Spurs, it looks like they’ll be getting back to work as The Special One is planning to start taking training via video link this week, probably to the alarm of the whole squad who were enjoying some peace and quiet.

The coaching staff have been in regular contact with the squad over the last couple of weeks but now want to step up their levels of interaction.

In addition to the live training sessions, Tottenham’s injured players are also having video sessions with physios.

Midfielder Harry Winks expanded on the regime so far, per The Sun.

“The coaching and fitness staff drop us messages and stay in touch in case I have any questions. We also have instructions from the nutrition team on our food and a programme on that.

“We’ve just got to watch what we eat. I’m cooking as well – soups, a lot of salad, eggs, and a little bit of pasta.

“In terms of fitness, I’m fine, I’m mainly using the gym at my house, I’ve gym equipment here, a bike, a treadmill. The club have also given me a squat machine to use to stay strong.

“We’ve all been given a schedule, but it’s flexible, we can do it in our own time. So, for instance, I might have a lay in one day, but then I’ll work later. The important thing is to get it done.”

Looks like Jose will be clamping down on that flexible schedule from Monday though, Harry.

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