Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Defoe Is Craving the Sweet Taste of Success under Ramos; Stop Scoffing: New Tottenham Boss Juande Ramos Has Cut out the Treats

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Defoe Is Craving the Sweet Taste of Success under Ramos; Stop Scoffing: New Tottenham Boss Juande Ramos Has Cut out the Treats

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Byline: Simon Johnson

THE arrival of Juande Ramos has made life at Tottenham look a lotbrighter for striker Jermain Defoe after a bittersweet 12 months at White HartLane.

When the Spaniard took charge five weeks ago, Spurs were lacking in confidenceand, more worryingly according to new physical trainer Marcos Alvarez,struggling for fitness.

Tottenham had clearly stagnated under previous manager Martin Jol as they satdangerously close to the bottom of the Premier League, but it was their lack ofstamina which seemed to be playing a part.

They conceded nine goals in the last 20 minutes this season before Ramos tookover and Alvarez took one look at the squad and said they were not fit enough.

On his first day in charge Ramos ordered his players to do a double trainingsession, their first for a couple of months and it has already paid dividends.

Spurs fans are talking about keeper Paul Robinson looking slimmer, whilemidfielder Tom Huddlestone, who came under most scrutiny, has stepped off thebench in the last two games and is playing better than ever.

But it is not only extra training that has helped the squad look says Kaboulmore capable of sustaining the fight better these days. Defoe has revealed thatthe players loved nothing more than to enjoy a few sweets after training withJol and his coaching staff, but the new regime have decided to take away theirtreats.

Defoe said: "The wine gums Kaboul will bounce and jelly beans after traininghave gone out the window. All the boys and even the staff enjoyed them beforeRamos came.

"We're eating bananas, oranges and grapes now instead and we are alreadyreaping the benefits from it.

"All the players have got new diets and everything he is doing has only beengood for us. When he arrived, we all sat down and he told us that we can't justthink about what we do in the game and on the training pitch, it's what we eat,drink and our preparation, how we rest.

"A lot of players knew that before, but we have new diet bounce sheets where weknow what we have to eat, on what day and how we hydrate. The players eatinghabits is not the only thing Ramos has changed, but he is finding improvingtheir defence much tougher than banning a trip to the sweet shop. …

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