Tottenham’s Nacer Chadli lifts lid on Mauricio Pochettino’s tough methods
Nacer Chadli says Tottenham players can't cut corners in Mauricio Pochettino's training sessions
Nacer Chadli says the Tottenham Hotspur squad aren’t allowed to take any shortcuts in Mauricio Pochettino’s demanding training sessions.
The Spurs manager has developed a reputation for working his players hard following his arrival in the Premier League at Southampton in 2013.
Pochettino’s Tottenham side are set for a demanding run of fixtures, which will see the north London side play six games in the next two-and-a-half weeks.
Speaking ahead of Tottenham’s last-32 first-leg clash against Fiorentina at White Hart Lane on Thursday night, Chadli lifted the lid on Pochettino’s methods.
“(Pochettino) says before we start (training) that we have to be sharp,” Chadli told his pre-match media conference on Wednesday.
“He wants to make everyone sharp and be well trained.
“We always train with GPS. They are looking at players. If they get tired, they can see it on the GPS. The amount we run, they can check everything.
“You cannot cheat, or put the GPS on a cat. I’ve tried that!”
Chadli has scored seven goals and has made five assists in the Premier League this season, although the Belgium international is still waiting for his first Europa League goal in the current campaign.
The 25-year-old has scored 14 times in 38 games in Uefa competitions, including three goals in six Europa League appearances for Tottenham last season.
Pre-match facts: Tottenham v Fiorentina
• The teams are pitted together for the first time in Uefa competition. They did meet in two pre-season friendlies, Spurs prevailing 3-0 in 2001 and 3-2 in 2010, both games taking place in London.
• Tottenham are unbeaten in five home matches against Italian sides in Uefa competition (W3 D2), and have not conceded in their last three home games against Serie A opposition.
• Fiorentina’s only previous two-legged knockout tie against English opponents was decided on penalties – the Viola squeezing past Everton on Merseyside in the 2007/08 Uefa Cup round of 16 in a shoot-out after the clubs had traded 2-0 home wins.
• Spurs are undefeated in four European home matches this term (W3 D1). They have won their last two round of 32 ties since bowing out to Shakhtar Donetsk at the same stage of the 2008/09 Uefa Cup.