Antonio Conte has banned Tottenham’s players from having ketchup and mayonnaise at the club’s training ground, according to reports.
Conte guided Spurs to a 3-2 victory over Vitesse in his first game in charge last Thursday but they were unable to follow that up with another win as they drew 0-0 with Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Italian has his work cut out in order to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League and he is already implementing some of the rules he brought in at the start of his successful stint at Chelsea.
According to The Athletic, Conte believes a number of his Spurs players are ‘overweight’ and has taken away ketchup and mayonnaise away from the canteen at the club’s training ground in order to improve their diets.
It’s also reported that Conte is limiting the amount of fruit juice his players are allowed to drink and is keen for more fruit to be eaten.
After the win over Vitesse, Conte is said to have been unhappy with the physical condition of his players and said the current fitness levels were ‘unacceptable’.
Speaking after Spurs’ draw with Everton, Conte insisted that he was pleased with the desire shown by his players.
‘Today I saw the heart of my players, the passion, the will to fight, the will to sacrifice, to understand this was a very difficult moment for us,’ he said.
‘And to see this makes me more confident for the future.
‘Sometimes you can teach players the tactical aspect and physical aspect, but the heart and passion you either have or not – my players showed me they are in a good position, this is a good point to start.’
Meanwhile, Sergio Reguilon has been impressed with Conte’s impact following his arrival last week.
‘You can see on the pitch the team is more aggressive and more competitive,’ said the defender.
‘We believe in the things we’re working on in training. That’s the way.
‘We have to learn too much under him. For me, it’s unbelievable.’
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