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Spurs’ Ryan Sessegnon reveals summer spent with a conditioning coach to fit into Antonio Conte’s

Spurs star Ryan Sessegnon reveals he spent the summer in Portugal with a fitness coach to keep up with Antonio Conte’s intense Tottenham regime… and claims the Italian’s training is “physically tough” compared to other managers

  • Ryan Sessegnon spent the summer with a fitness coach in Portugal
  • The full-back wanted to shape up to fit into Antonio Conte’s Spurs system
  • He has enjoyed a resurgence as a left wing-back in Conte’s Tottenham side
  • Sessegnon says his former coaches were ‘more chilled’ than the Italian boss
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Ryan Sessegnon’s summer spent in Portugal with a dedicated fitness coach was to keep up with Antonio Conte’s intense regime at Tottenham.

The England Under-21 international – who will play Italy in today’s friendly – has been plagued by hamstring injuries since joining Spurs three years ago.

But he has enjoyed a resurgence under the Italian and puts it down to a fortnight in the Algarve with Matchroom Boxing’s Dan Lawrence, time devoted to strengthening his core and shaping himself to fit into Conte’s energy-driven system.

Ryan Sessegnon says he spent the summer with a conditioning coach ahead of the new season
Ryan Sessegnon says he spent the summer with a conditioning coach ahead of the new season

Ryan Sessegnon says he spent the summer with a conditioning coach ahead of the new season

The England full-back says he did it to fit into Antonio Conte's Spurs system
The England full-back says he did it to fit into Antonio Conte's Spurs system

The England full-back says he did it to fit into Antonio Conte’s Spurs system

“It was to make my body more robust,” he said. ‘My body can handle it a bit more when I’m tired now. That was mainly the reason I went away, to build that core strength around the body.’ Asked if he would have booked the trip if it wasn’t for Conte, Sessegnon added: ‘Yes and no. Yes, because from an injury point of view I had to.

‘But in terms of fitness it was more because of Conte. People can see that I’ve put on a little bit of muscle. I also tried to improve explosiveness.

‘The other managers I’ve had at Spurs have been a bit colder with training. With this gaffer, even though we’re doing tactical stuff, it’s still physically tough.

the wing-back has enjoyed a resurgence during the Italian manager's tenure at Tottenham
the wing-back has enjoyed a resurgence during the Italian manager's tenure at Tottenham

the wing-back has enjoyed a resurgence during the Italian manager’s tenure at Tottenham

‘The longer runs, the hard distances – eight or nine kilometers run in training three days before games. It’s hard, but your body adapts. So when you’re on the field, it benefits you. I feel that the whole team is stronger.’

Sessegnon was injured when Conte was appointed last November and those on the treatment table still have to watch tactical sessions with the squad.

He described them as ‘long days’ but believes they provided a valuable insight into what was required to succeed under Jose Mourinho’s successor. This is made clear by the manager’s fitness trainer, Gian Piero Ventrone, who is known for his brutal exercises.

Sessegnon says Conte's training is 'physically tougher' than what he has experienced before
Sessegnon says Conte's training is 'physically tougher' than what he has experienced before

Sessegnon says Conte’s training is ‘physically tougher’ than what he has experienced before

“As a team I don’t think we were really fit and he made us run a lot,” Sessegnon said. ‘I knew when I came back I had to be ready for the levels.

‘He (Ventrone) is good. It is clear that he is very good. But he’s a killer – seriously. Very intense. With the more physical players where he knows he can pressure you, he will be on you.

‘It’s probably the first time in my Spurs career that I know what to do with and without the ball in a situation where the formation is ready.’

The training seemed to pay off as Sessegnon scored Spurs' first goal of the league campaign
The training seemed to pay off as Sessegnon scored Spurs' first goal of the league campaign

The training seemed to pay off as Sessegnon scored Spurs’ first goal of the league campaign

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