A video is doing the rounds appearing to show Spurs boss Antonio Conte spotted making a slide tackle on player during training.
The new Tottenham manager has got fully stuck in since coming into the club and remains unbeaten whilst in charge at his new side, winning two and picking up a draw so far.
He has since branded ‘an inspiration’ for how he transformed the team in this early stage of his spell, but also for getting stuck in during a recent training session ready for their Europa Conference League fixture against Slovenian side NŠ Mura.
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Spurs are second in Group G on seven points – three behind leaders Rennes – with two games to go.
The group winners will go through automatically and the runners-up will play a two-legged play-off in February.
“For us this competition is important. We want to take this fixture seriously,” said Conte.
Meanwhile, Spurs travel to Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday, but Conte added “all the players available” were making the journey for Thursday’s game for his fourth match in charge.
“I said on Sunday that I need to make rotation because there are players that are a bit tired because they played many games with the national team, and also we worked a lot in the last two weeks,” he added.
“There are other players that need game time.”
The energetic Italian could be seen sliding in for the ball in a training exercise and it had everyone watching the clip in hysterics.
Conte, who was a world class holding midfielder back in his day, timed his challenge to perfection and was replaced by one of his stars in the middle of the circle.
Whilst Tottenham fans have been left in awe by Conte’s commitment, it has left other fans, some of which a supporter of Manchester United, feeling envious.
One said on social media: “Should’ve been ours” while another joked saying “Better defender than Maguire.”
Another Man Utd fan said he isn’t surprised to see Conte getting stuck in during training sessions, writing: “People forget just how good he was as a player and the successful career he had.”
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Twitter users reacted as Spurs boss Antonio Conte is spotted making a slide tackle on player during training…
@sean_96_: Absolutely mental that we have this man as our manager, hope we don’t break him
@WalravenJacob: CAN YOUR MANAGER SLIDE LIKE THIS? #COYS
@02_sungeni: Conte can defend better than Maguire
@ConteSZN_: Announce Kane’s annual injury
@samstock1904: Conte is giving us belief, we have a manager who shows his passion and is 100% #COYS if he doesn’t get backed by levy we seriously need to get new owners.
@king_thfc: This guy is absolutely insane and I love it
@E_Dilla: Wonder why the players are enjoying Conte so much
@CianWilliam: Tony trying to do his bit by two footing Doherty, proper Spurs
@itstartedin1882: Shame that two footer didn’t connect
@Simply_Spurs: Romero replacement sorted
@AkshajC1: look at matt doherty reaction when gaffer slides
@Manu23588: Animated mangers like Tuchel jose and Conte are honestly my favourite. Just show passion about the game everywhere they are
@SHBismyname: He doesn’t have his arms folded 😍😍
Trying to take Doherty out pic.twitter.com/Hy8NhjzpmA
— Mitch 🇮🇹 (@MPyman) November 24, 2021
Tottenham right-back Emerson Royal recently talked to Sky Sports News reporter Paul Gilmour about life at Tottenham and banned foods under new boss Antonio Conte.
“Conte arrived with a really competitive mentality,” Royal recalls. “That’s not a criticism of the previous manager. He’s teaching us all to give everything.
“From day one he was very clear with us. In his opinion, Tottenham Hotspur can win trophies and can beat anyone.
“There is nothing that can stop us from doing that and that is a mentality we have to get into our head.
“Everyone in the team has an important role in the system we are playing. I have to be aggressive when I’m attacking,” he says.
“Going forward I always try to look for Harry Kane but when there is a goalscorer like him he can be marked by one or two defenders. It’s not easy but I’m always looking for him.
“We are learning what it means to suffer! We know that Conte is super competitive and if we suffer that is the path to success,” he says.
“Lucas is mainly helping me with my English but Lo Celso and Reguilon are too. I’m listening to a lot of English music to learn the language. I don’t know the names of the bands but there are four or five songs I enjoy.
Royal says of one of the items banned by Conte: “I do like ketchup! I’m used to not eating that sort of food so it’s not too much of a problem.”
“Anything else?”, he’s asked, to which he replies “Butter! The butter is gone. It’s true he has stressed the importance of our body fat and taking away some food.
“I’ve never seen anything like it before and at first it was a surprise and a little difficult but it’s so important for our performances. These details can make all the difference.”