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EPL: No more ketchup and mayonnaise at Tottenham, Conte says players are overweight

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Antonio Conte has not hesitated in making sweeping changes in his first week as Tottenham manager, even banning ketchup and mayonnaise and telling his players they are overweight.

The Italian was confirmed as Nuno Espirito Santo’s replacement last week after the former Wolves boss was sacked following a dismal start to the season.

Conte oversaw a Europa Conference League victory over Vitesse Arnhem in his first match in charge before securing his first Premier League point with Spurs in a 0-0 draw at Everton.

And the former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss has wasted no time in stamping his authority on the club. He was even over an hour later to a press conference last week as he drilled his methods into his players on the training pitch.

According to The Athletic, Spurs stars were ‘dead’ after a training session last Friday despite beating Vitesse the night before, such is the priority Conte puts into work on the training pitch.

He also treated his stars to a 75-minute video analysis session of the win over the Dutch side, despite the meeting being initially pencilled in for 20 minutes.

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Conte did not hold back about his players’ physical condition in the aftermath of the European win, too. He told them some of them were overweight and insisted their mentality had to change.

Nutrition has been one area that Conte has poured huge focus into during the first week of his tenure in north London. He has even ensured his squad eat lunch together at midday.

He’s withdrawn ‘heavy food and sandwiches’ from the menu at the training ground canteen and also got rid of ketchup and mayonnaise.

There has also been cut backs to the amount of fruit juice given to players and the amount of oil and butter used in cooking. He’s also urged his stars to eat more fruit.

Conte and his staff have also left a positive first impression on the Tottenham staff based at the club’s training ground, with some motivated by the tireless work the Italian puts into the job.

Conte laid out his plan for the early stages of his tenure last week, insisting he needs to ‘change many things’.

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‘I think this club has had a great vision outside the pitch and now it has to start to have a great vision on the pitch — on the football,’ said Conte. ‘I think this is important if we have to win.

‘The club has chosen me and I am honoured but, at the same time, I know I need time to work and to change something on the pitch. Outside the pitch, it’s fantastic, it’s great. Maybe too much. I must be honest. We need to change many things.’

‘We need to work to improve many aspects. For every player, not just one, two or three.

‘Every player needs to work to improve physical condition to get into my idea of football. They need to increase their capacity to suffer.

‘It is always traumatic when a club changes a coach in the middle of a season. I have found with the players a desire to work but two or three days of training is a short time to answer these questions.

‘I hope that the attitude and commitment continues for the rest of the season. We will need that if we want to change a negative into a positive.’

The members of Conte’s squad who are not on international duty this week will be put through gruelling double sessions on the training pitch as he looks to hammer home his philosophy.

He now has over a week until his next game – against Leeds in the Premier League on November 21.

 

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Ligue 1: Marseille stunned by in-form Brest

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Marseille missed the chance to cement their grip on second place in the Ligue 1 table on Saturday as Jorge Sampaoli’s side threw away the lead to lose 2-1 at home to a Brest team on a record winning run.

Brazilian international Gerson gave Marseille a first-half lead at the Velodrome with his second goal in as many games after playing a one-two with captain Dimitri Payet.

However, Brest drew level early in the second half as Romain Faivre scored a penalty awarded for a handball by Boubacar Kamara.

Franck Honorat then crashed a superb winner in off the underside of the crossbar as the side from Brittany made it six successive league wins, the best run in their history in the top flight.

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They are up to sixth, while Marseille remain second, 12 points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain who are in action later on Saturday at Lens.

Kylian Mbappe could be rested for a PSG side already missing the injured Neymar, but Lionel Messi — who won the Ballon d’Or for the seventh time on Monday — should start.

Marseille could drop down the table depending on results elsewhere this weekend, with Rennes and Nice both sitting within two points of the former Champions League winners.

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Bernardo stars again as Man City move to top of EPL with Watford win

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Bernardo Silva continued his scintillating form as Manchester City surged to the top of the Premier League table with a comfortable 3-1 victory at struggling Watford.

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with a simple header on four minutes as the visitors threatened to run riot against the home side’s porous defence.

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Jack Grealish had several chances to double the advantage before the in-form Bernardo fizzed in a rebound from a narrow angle just past the half hour.

 

City continued to pose all of the questions following the restart and Bernardo grabbed his seventh goal of the season with a wonderful curler that flew into the top corner on 63 minutes.

For long spells it looked like a case of how many for the visitors but Watford did give the home support some cheer when substitute Cucho Hernandez acrobatically volleyed in a rebound 16 minutes from time.

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The result means City take advantage of former leaders Chelsea’s defeat at West Ham earlier in the day to move a point clear of second-placed Liverpool at the summit. Watford remain three points above the drop zone in 17th spot.

Pep Guardiola’s men will now turn their focus to Tuesday’s Champions League clash at RB Leipzig having already guaranteed top spot in Group A before hosting Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday. Watford travel to Brentford on Friday evening.

 

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