Jose Mourinho’s former assistant delivers insight into training sessions under Tottenham boss
Aitor Karanka has delivered an insight into training sessions with Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho.
Karanka worked alongside Mourinho as his assistant manager during his time at Real Madrid, having been a defender at the La Liga giants for five years.
The Spaniard went on to become manager of Middlesbrough for four years after leaving Madrid when Carlo Ancelotti replaced Mourinho before spending a year at Nottingham Forest.
Now the 46-year-old has been looking back at those training sessions alongside Mourinho and how they were set up.
“Every single training session was prepared to find the thing that we were going to work on in the game the following week,” he told The Coaches’ Voice.
“The way that he prepared the games in both areas, in the meeting room with the videos, individual reports and everything, then on the pitch preparing those sessions to play those games.
“So every single session was different, every single session was always with the ball.
“It was always in groups so really, really detailed sessions, not just on the pitch, but also in the meeting room with the players.”
Mourinho has been speaking about training with his Tottenham players in these unusual times.
The Portuguese has been back at Hotspur Way, training the players in small groups of five, currently with social distancing involved.
Contact training will resume this week after the clubs voted unanimously on its reintroduction on Wednesday.
“The boys are good. I think we tried to stick together all the time and, since the lockdown and the decision of stopping playing and training, my intention was always to stay together and make the boys feel like we were together and I think that is more important than the reality of the Zoom visual training that which was what we were doing,” he told Sky Sports.
“It was more about us as a group, about us as a family, trying to keep some discipline in our lives.
“The Zoom session was everyday at 10am, everybody waking up at the same time, having a little bit of work, finishing the work, staying together in the Zoom and having a laugh, having discussions and talking about things.
“We moved to tactically sessions with small groups or with individuals and then finally, when the training ground opened and we moved to stage one, it was obviously an amazing feeling for everybody to be back to the green carpet because I think we all miss even the smell of it.”