Point out the title Gian Piero Ventrone to those who have been put by means of their paces by him and it will send a shudder down their spines.
The 62-calendar year-aged health mentor from Naples is Antonio Conte’s proper-hand guy – billed with creating Tottenham’s stars more robust bodily and tougher mentally.
Using on the function of drill sergeant, this week just one of his famed classes on Spurs’ pre-season tour in the humidity of South Korea observed talisman Harry Kane puke his guts up on the pitch at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.
Nearby hero Son Heung-min was viewed collapsed to the floor on the aspect of the pitch.
‘The Marine’, as he is regarded in his homeland, just appeared on with a wry smile on his face.
Ventone created the squad do up to 42 laps of the 105metre-extended pitch, with individuals coming again late from international obligation undertaking 30.
That was immediately after they had an hour and a 50 % of instruction drills, rondos, just one 10 vs 11 two-touch match and then an 11 vs 11 sport.
But which is what football’s leading stars have arrive to count on when they’ve labored beneath Ventrone.
Conte, a tough-operating midfielder in the 1990s, initial encountered Ventrone as a participant at Juventus.
“He was great at being familiar with his limitations,” Ventrone reported in an interview with FourFourTwo.
“To compensate, he would often apply himself to the utmost with tough, concentrated instruction.
“Just about every year he was called into question, but in the conclusion he stayed at Juventus and turned their captain. He received it all for himself with function and sweat. He took that knowledge into his coaching.”
When French legend Zinedine Zidane agreed to join the Serie A giants in 1996, he questioned intercontinental staff-mate Didier Deschamps what he could count on in Turin.
The present France manager was swift to alert Zizou about Ventrone in advance of his arrival.
“Deschamps did convey to me about the instruction sessions but I just did not think they could be as lousy as all that,” he advised the Italian media.
“Often I would be at the stage of vomiting by the end, mainly because I was so fatigued.”
Zidane, who received his only Ballon d’or while at Juve, has credited those people drills for his bodily transformation.
But amusingly, Gianluca Vialli wasn’t as convinced.
The previous Chelsea star was the moment so incensed with Ventrone subsequent 1 certain session, he reportedly locked him in a cupboard and named the police.
It may possibly have been his techniques that the Italian striker didn’t concur with.
‘Bell of shame’
Ventrone’s mottos sum up what he thinks a participant wants to do to get the ideal out of himself.
“Get the job done nowadays to run tomorrow”, “die but end” and “victory belongs to the powerful” are just some statements he will repeat to Tottenham’s cohorts for the duration of drills.
Again in his Juventus days, he would cling a ‘Bell of shame’ anywhere the club qualified, even in pre-season when they travelled even further ashore.
The notion was it had to be rung by the very first participant who had to give up for the duration of a session.
It can be Ventrone’s concept that this kind of a instrument would deliver “a stimulus to conquer one’s limits”.
Classical tunes also will come in – with Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries performed loudly by a speaker all through moments when instruction hits fever pitch.
It truly is no solution that Tottenham’s health ranges markedly enhanced final season less than Conte, with Ventrone supported by fellow fitness coaches Costantino Coratti and Stefano Bruno, as they pipped rivals Arsenal to a best-4 complete.
Future time, be expecting them to be even fitter as Conte and Ventrone get a full pre-year to work with their squad.