The players flew out to Spain after Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Manchester City and trained for the first time at the famous Olympic Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Mauricio Pochettino took the squad out to Barcelona this time last year as well and his assistant Jesus explained the thinking behind the camp.
“Last season we had a great experience here as a team and the players wanted to repeat the same training camp,” he said. “Thankfully, the fixtures allowed us to come here after the Manchester City game. It’s good to change routine, to stay together in a nice city and to share time together as a group.”
Below: Jesus Perez speaks to Spurs TV from Barcelona
What is this break about? Team bonding? A change of routine?
Jesus: “We’ve played so many matches so far and it’s the same - a lot of training, a lot of the same routines - and the players deserve a bit of a break. Of course, we are training here, so we’re not on holiday, but they have time to be together as a group, to go shopping, to walk around, to have different meals, a change from the normal habits in London. It’s good as a group and I think it will be a fantastic experience again.”
We always ask Mauricio about the mood in the squad - how is it after City?
Jesus: “As Mauricio always explains, game by game we want to be better as a group and as a team and sometimes you cannot play your best because the opponent has the same quality. The most important thing is the character and resilience to play in our way until the final whistle. This is why the team came back (against City). This is a clear style and philosophy.”
Below: The players stretch their legs at the Olympic Stadium
Finally, by the time we get back to Hotspur Way, what do you have has been achieved from this break in Barcelona?
Jesus: “The most important thing is to provide the players with a little rest, not physical rest, but mental rest, so they can do activities here together. In London it’s difficult because everyone lives in a different place and sometimes it’s not easy to stay three or four days between matches, especially when you are in an English team. This is more of a European team idea, they have periods like this to do different activites. So that’s most important and on Thursday, we’re back to normal, back at the training centre to prepare for the FA Cup as normal.”