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Business as usual for Clive and co

Business as usual continues at Spurs Lodge for Clive Allen and his development group.    

With the first team group being tested to the extremes out in Spain and the Academy group also on their Swiss training camp, business as usual continues at Spurs Lodge for Clive Allen and his development group.

They face St Albans City on Wednesday in the first Spurs XI game of pre-season and the squad are being put through their paces at home in preparation.

But Clive believes no amount of training can replicate the benefit he feels his players will get out of playing matches against some tough opposition over the next month.

Our Development Coach said: "The group know that they've got to work very hard. We're on a parallel training course, the same as the first team and Academy, so although we're all in different parts of the world, we're working along the same lines so fitness will be the same and players can go between groups and not miss anything in terms of conditioning for the start of the season.

"We start with the base fitness in the first week where the boys do their leg work, then they go onto the weights and work on their power and strength, and as they get that little bit fitter, we build in the speed and sharpness and the conditioning is increased going into the first games.

"Then we get into the games and they start to get the minutes on the pitch under their belt. It's all programmed and it's a progressive build up for the all the groups.

"But it doesn't matter how much training you do in pre-season, you can never recreate the match situation and match conditioning.

"So we've got the Spurs XI games and I'm always one for building them up in terms of level of opposition. I'd say we have stiffer opposition this year than ever before.

"We start with St Albans City on Wednesday but go on to face strong Conference sides like Crawley and Rushden, and then league opposition in Aldershot.

"The boys know it's not all about results in pre-season - it's about performances. Over the last few years we've had good pre-season build-ups and it bodes well for the start of the season."