Injuries are an unavoidable fact of football life but Tottenham assistant manager Jesus Perez believes the club’s training regime puts them in an ideal position to deal with adversity.
A lot of Spurs players are now back in pre-season training, with the new Premier League campaign barely a month away.
In a season that can easily stretch to 50 games in all competitions, niggles and injures are inevitable but Perez is adamant that not only do Spurs have the squad depth to cope, but that treating each player individually, from a fitness point of view, will pay dividends.
“The most important thing is to think player by player and try to get the best from them,” said Perez. “And always try to look at the positives.
“Football is a contact sport, sometimes you can have plenty of injuries but the squad will cope with this situation.
“We always look at the positives. We don’t cry if we have important players injured, this is why it’s important to treat each player professionally, especially when they don’t play so much, because at some point you will need them and they will have to be in the best condition.
“If you play 11 players, each player will have a different level of form. Form isn’t just physical, it’s psychological, tactical, confidence. There are different aspects.
“I know that people associate form with fitness but sometimes if you did a physical test with a player in great form it would surprise you but he’s confident, he’s playing well.
“People will say ‘he’s in great form’ but he’s in great football form. Form means different things.”