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Video: Goalkeeper Training

11:00 pm
I have previously written to Tottenham with suggestions for the future some of which I have seen implemented and some not. I'm not suggesting my emails have been the catalyst for change but conveying opinion can only help.

One area I would like to see Tottenham undertake is a series of training videos, either available online or through the club shop. We have the resources at our disposal so it seems an obvious extension of our activities.

I came across this clip of the Norwich City goalkeepers undertaking a Spikeball training game that looks like fun.




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VIDEOS: Spurs open training session wide move

9:00 pm
Tottenham are in Toronto and just like in Seattle they had a free open training session for anyone to come along and watch.

Below are a few videos of the session that show a drill playing a ball wide for various types of cross, which maybe we will see in the game later.











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Tottenham Hotspur Training

2:30 pm
The dust has settled, Mauricio Pochettino has got his feet under the table, Spurs fans have calmed down about who they want and sit squarely behind a man and not a name.

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The glitz and glamour of a 'name' manager was passed over in favour of a man who, after extensive checks, it was felt was the right fit, a man who could take on the big task at hand.

Mauricio Pochettino may not have been the first choice of everyone but he carries an air of a down to earth, get the job done man. He has that tough streak that Daniel Levy was looking for but carries it inside a friendly demeanour.

Andre Villas-Boas had the same and a few trophies under his belt as well, but he also had a stubborn streak, a streak that would not admit a mistake, a confrontational streak, which all brought matters to a head.

Early days and we have to wait and see if Pochettino's strong hand and friendly approach, comes without the ego. He doesn't appear to have the chip on his shoulder that, in hindsight, AVB possibly had.

Training has begun for some of the squad and as you would expect the noises are encouraging. Gym work, running and football drills have seen youngsters in the shape of Zeki Fryers and Erik Lamela make positive outlooks for their own seasons to come.

A new manager means going to work and assessing each other. It appears from Pochettino's words that certainly from his side it has been positive and the initial barriers have successfully been overcome.

“We are very happy with the players and we’ve enjoyed the training.

“It’s a difficult period for the players because we need to work hard but there has been a great atmosphere.

“It’s important for the players to get to know us and for us to get to know them and at the same time we’ve also started to introduce our philosophy and style into the group.

“The players have responded well and have trained hard every day.”

It's almost like a pre pre-season with players involved at the World Cup taking a break to recharge the batteries before they rejoin and start training. It's a chance for a player like Lewis Holtby to stake an early claim to catch the Head Coach's eye with hard training.

You earn a game in the first team with what you produce on the training field, you don't simply give someone a chance or a run of games as some crazy fans seem to think, that's a sure fire way to ruin your season. You can't get back the point you drop by giving someone a fair chance.

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The chance is training, train like you should be in the team and your chance will come, then you have to take it, not expect a run of games to take it. You turn it on straight away if you are good enough.

Harry Kane was given a start against Benfica. It didn't go well. He then came on as a sub 2 weeks later and had an impact in both Spurs goals. That earned him a start in the Premier League, he scored and his performances demanded further games.

That is how you get yourself a run of games, that is how you get a chance. It begins on the training field.




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The Impossible Game - training breakdown

3:40 pm
Andre Villas-Boas has been speaking to the media about the crazy situation Spurs find themselves in, whereby we have been penalised and asked to play a cup game against Aston Villa after only one day rest.

As AVB has pointed out previously, the second day is the day you are most likely to sustain an injury after playing whilst the body recovers from it's exertions.

"This is an impossible game [League Cup vs Aston Villa] for us to play, but hopefully our team spirit and motivation can get us through.

"It (the Capital One Cup) is not our absolute number one priority but I don't think we have been given a fair chance to play in this competition this year.

"It could be possible for the players who played against Cardiff to play this game, but I am not sure I want to risk the players who played getting a hamstring injury which could take them six weeks to recover from when the Premier League is more important.

"This team has not experienced having to play again after just two days and we have not been given the same chance as the other teams. So we will have to rotate our squad as the players who played in Cardiff will not be involved.

"We are struggling a little bit with injuries but we have great strength in depth, although it is not going to be easy.

"It is difficult, the ideal situation for us would have been to play Wednesday. I understand the situation for the police with a number of matches being played in Birmingham, but we do not have the same chance as other teams.

"Villa will not have to do the same (in terms of squad rotation) as they played on Saturday, so they have had an extra day of recovery."

Does Villas-Boas have a point or is this a case of get the excuse out the way first for playing a weakened team?

Well to answer that I've taken a look at the training cycle of a professional footballer, albeit from Real Madrid in Spain, a club well used to playing twice a week. I think it is safe to assume it is broadly similar around the world and that Spurs training wouldn't be radically different in format, content may vary of course.

Below is the outline training plan for a Real Madrid footballer playing one day a week on a Sunday.

Monday - Game analysis talk with the players. Low load recovery training for players who played 60+ minutes, medium training to players who played less than 60 minutes. Assess injured players and any fresh injuries. Hydrotherapy work. Rest for remainder of day.

Tuesday - Rest Day.

Wednesday - Tactical training session with conditional training, medium to high load.

Thursday - Tactical training session, high load.

Friday - Opponent specific tactical training, low to medium load, presentation on opponents.

Saturday - Tactical training session, set play training low to medium load, hydrotherapy work.

Sunday - Light training for selected players, medium level for those not selected. MATCH

NOTE - You will notice that having played on a Sunday the second day, Tuesday is deemed a rest day. This rather backs up Andre Villas-Boas and his assertion that we have been placed in an impossible situation.

In these days of almost constant European football players are having to play two games a week regularly. The training week of a footballer playing two games a week looks something like this.

Monday - Game analysis talk with the players. Low load recovery training for players who played 60+ minutes, medium training to players who played less than 60 minutes. Assess injured players and any fresh injuries. Hydrotherapy work.

Tuesday - Prepare tactically for next game, presentation on opponents, set play training low to medium load, hydrotherapy work.

Wednesday - Light training for selected players, medium level for those not selected. MATCH

Thursday - Game analysis talk with the players. Low load recovery training for players who played 60+ minutes, medium training to players who played less than 60 minutes. Assess injured players and any fresh injuries. Hydrotherapy work.

Friday - Prepare tactically for next game, presentation on opponents, hydrotherapy work.

Saturday - Tactical training session, set play training low to medium load, hydrotherapy work.

Sunday - Light training for selected players, medium level for those not selected. MATCH

Specific training: For all you budding coaches out there here are some of the specific training drills.


Professional footballers weekly training schedule 1


Professional footballers weekly training schedule 2


Professional footballers weekly training schedule 3


Professional footballers weekly training schedule 4

Professional footballers weekly training schedule 5


Professional footballers weekly training schedule 6

The expected line up in view of the players not considered for selection is a little awkward, will Defoe be fit? Will Kaboul be fit and is it worth playing him anyway when we want him to get fit for the next Europa league match?

Still our are Lennon, Chadli, Capoue and Rose, plus those who played at Cardiff.

Which of the youngsters will we see, either starting or on the bench, McQueen, Stewart, Dawkins, Bentaleb, Coulibaly, Coulthirst.

Harry Kane will no doubt start and Simon Dawkins is 25 so this would be a game to play him in especially as he was at loan at Villa last season.

Friedel in goal with Gomes on the bench or even the other way around, Sandro, Holtby, Chiriches, Fryers and Lamela all to start you would expect.

With resources a little stretched and this being the players rest day I think it would be quite some achievement to get through this tie.


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