Son Heung-min collapses during Antonio Conte’s brutal pre-season training at Spurs
Posted by  badge Boss on Jul 12
Harry Kane and Son Heung-min collapsed to the floor in exhaustion (MBC)

and Son Heung-min were among the Tottenham players who felt the full brutality of ’s regime.

Spurs have begun their pre-season tour in South Korea and are due to play Team K League in their first friendly on Wednesday.

On Monday, Spurs trained at the Stadium in Seoul in front of 6,000 fans and those in attendance caught a glimpse of the tough fitness sessions Conte has used throughout his managerial career.

After rondo warm-ups, a series of drills and a 10-on-10 game across two thirds of the pitch, Conte got his players running 42 lengths of the pitch at a quick pace with minimal rest after three lengths.

And the grueling runs proved too much for both Kane and Son, who collapsed to the ground at different stages.

Those who returned to pre-season training earlier than the group which included Son and Kane were given a slightly easier task of running 30 lengths of the pitch.

Temperatures inside the stadium were nearly 30C, while there was little breeze to help cool the players down.

Troy Parrott, who impressed during the running drill, admitted Conte’s sessions were ‘tough’.

‘It depends who you ask,’ said 20-year-old forward.

‘I’m quite a good runner naturally, but yeah it’s been tough. It’s been hard work but it’s all preparation.’

Harry Kane needed to pull out during the run (MBC)
Son Heung-min was feeling the full force of Antonio Conte’s fitness drills (MBC)

Ivan Perisic, who joined Spurs on a free transfer from Inter earlier this summer, did not take part in the session due to injury.

‘We’re talking about a really good player, strong physically, good quality with both feet,’ said Conte of Perisic in an interview with SpursTV.

‘He can give us a lot.

Spurs’ players collapsed in a heap after running 42 lengths of the pitch (MBC)

‘[Bissouma] impressed us in these two games [against Brighton], he played very well. But the whole season he played really well. He’s another important player we’re adding to midfield.

‘We know very well [Richarlison’s] talent. We’re talking about a striker that can play in every three positions in front. I like him. He’s strong mentally.

‘It’s not easy to play against him because during the game he’s always very strong. We need this type of player with great character. Strong physically but at the same time with good quality.’

Dejan Kulusevski, who made an immediate impact after joining from Juventus in the January transfer window, pulled out of the session due to a suspected calf problem.

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