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NOT SO WELCOME BREAK

Posted on 5 September 2007  - 12:00

Martin Jol admits that international breaks are the periods of the season he least looks forward to.

Martin Jol admits that international breaks are the periods of the season he least looks forward to.Just three weeks into a new season the clubs are minus their international contingent at the training grounds due to the Euro 2008 qualifiers, less than two weeks after the midweek friendly encounters.

"Any manager will tell you that they don't like it - and I certainly feel that way," said Martin on not having his full quota of players to work with at Spurs Lodge. "You don't see your players and they could get injured.

"They all want to play for their countries, I understand that and I would never stand in their way. On the other hand, sometimes the breaks can be a pain and affect your planning.

"We had the first six weeks with pre-season and in the second six you want to overload your players to make them fitter and fitter. Last year it certainly came off because we could peak all the time, but if they are gone for over a week it makes it much more difficult. You must hope for the best that they all come back without any injuries."

Despite not being his favoured times of the season, Martin does admit that sometimes working with a smaller group can be a useful exercise.

"I have to say that last time when the likes of JJ were around, for me it was a great opportunity and they trained very well. So sometimes it is not so bad."