Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Hugo Lloris told NBC that at first we didn't understand why he worked us so hard but after 3 or 4 months we felt the difference. That gives an insight as to why new purchases struggle at Spurs.
Why it takes new arrivals time to adjust to the Tottenham way and why if you arrive at the end of a transfer window you are behind everyone else in terms of fitness which will make your selection for the side that much harder.
When you do get a chance you are then having to handle a lack of fitness, a lack of playing with the group of players and this combines to make it even more difficult to produce the performances you have been brought for and that the fans expect to see immediately.
Moussa Sissoko has suffered from it, Georges-Kevin N'Koudou has suffered from it. Federico Fazio took time to make his debut. It affects different players in a different way but fitness is vital to our performances.
Against Manchester City earlier in the season when we totally outplayed them and won at White Hart Lane we ran 5.7 miles more than they did. That gives some indication of the level of fitness the players need. Judging a player who has missed pre-season is difficult but it is something Mauricio Pochettino has to do before the summer to decide on the make-up of the squad next season.
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