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Antonio Conte’s Tottenham fitness trainer plays classical music to inspire, rings stars ‘shame bell’ and had ‘about to throw up’


It has been a real wake-up call for Tottenham Hotspur players since Antonio Conte joined the club.

The Premier League title winner put his new team to the test and even threw in ketchup and mayonnaise in an attempt to get the most out of his stars.

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Spurs players may not like Conte’s new training methods, but it could make the most of it

Some of his methods may seem strange to Dele Alli and Eric Dier, but Conte’s pedigree and history certainly gives him the license to conduct this style of training.

And he’s not the only one introducing intriguing tactics to get the most out of players.

Fitness trainer Gian Piero Ventrone seems ready to get them eccentrically in shape.

“I think he’s a pretty colorful character,” Dan Kilpatrick, chief football correspondent for the Evening Standard, told talkSPORT.

Antonio Conte’s Tottenham fitness trainer plays classical music to inspire, rings stars ‘shame bell’ and had ‘about to throw up’

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Ventrone is ready to work hard on his Spurs players

“He’s known to play Wagner during fitness exercises. During particularly strenuous exercise, this is apparently the kind of crescendo of exercise.

“I think he’s known enough in Italian football circles to be a very difficult task master.

“He was actually one of Juve’s coaches when Conte was there, so Conte worked under him.

“He called something called the Shame Bell which is a little bell that players had to ring when they couldn’t continue in one of his drills.

“He had beep test drills and when you were checking you had to ring the bell which he said was kind of a stimulus to keep the players going longer.

Antonio Conte’s Tottenham fitness trainer plays classical music to inspire, rings stars ‘shame bell’ and had ‘about to throw up’

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Ventrone (R) put Spurs players to the sword in training

“Reports from players at the time were that they were often on the verge of throwing up afterwards, at the time he was known as the Navy and for good reason.”

Under former coach Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs were one of the hardest working teams in the Premier League, covering a lot of distance during games.

Since then, and under Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo, their levels have plummeted – but that should change under Conte and Ventrone.

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