Just eight days and two matches into his tenure as new Tottenham manager, Antonio Conte has made wholesale changes in and around the club, in a bid to persuade the players to lead healthier lifestyles.
The former Inter Milan manager replaced sacked Nuno Espirito-Santo last week but it’s not just on the pitch that the Italian is having an impact as he’s implemented strict diet changes at the North London club.
Conte has banned his players from having popular condiments ketchup and mayonnaise in an effort to improve fitness levels at the club.
It’s not the first time the Italian has made these changes at a club.
When the 52-year-old took charge at rivals Chelsea in 2016, he banned the players from having pizza, tomato ketchup and fizzy drinks in a bid to improve fitness.
It is reported he has banned pizza and soft drinks again at Spurs.
Conte is known for his well-drilled and disciplined style of football, as well as requiring a high-pressing style too and this move is a bid to implement his style at the club.
According to sports website, The Athletic, the disciplinarian has told his current crop of players that their fitness level are ‘unacceptable’.
It’s unclear if these rules apply throughout the club or just to the first team.
In the past, former Spurs boss Juande Ramos banned salt and pepper during his disastrous spell as manager back in 2008, and Conte is employing similar tactics to ‘condition’ his team.
Wholesale changes are being made by Conte, just 12 hours after their Europa Conference League win, Conte had his team training and the feeling around the club is that they haven’t seen this sort of intensity from a manager since Mauricio Pochettino.
Positive changes have already been seen at Spurs, with the club winning their first match under the Italian against Vitesse Arnhem before securing a rare clean sheet against Everton in the Premier League.
Despite seeming like an unusual and too strict of a rule, the players are reportedly embracing all of the Italian’s new ideas, such as eating lunch together, arriving to training earlier and leaving later.
Word around the club is that everyone is feeling rejuvenated due to Conte’s arrival, and the atmosphere is the polar opposite to what it was like in the early days of Nuno Espírito Santo’s spell as manager.