If you’re at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium early for a home game, you could be forgiven for thinking there’s been a fire alarm if you cast your eyes onto the pitch.

It used to be that a pre-match warm-up routine was undertaken by, what, the starting 11 players plus a handful of substitutes? Plus a trainer or two and maybe a gardener with a big fork. No more than 20 people.

For Spurs in 2022, up to 16 (sixteen) members of staff lead part of the session or watch and make observations. Add the starting XI and nine substitutes – or 12 for one Champions League tie – plus ground staff and often pitchside club media, and you’re looking at almost half a century of people in half a football pitch.

Who the hell are all these people and what are their jobs? Allow Athleticism explain.

Spurs’ warm-up begins 50 minutes before kick-off when all three goalkeepers (Hugo Lloris, Fraser Forster and brandon austin) on the field with goalkeeper coaches Perry Suckling, once Manchester City and crystal palace in the early 1990s, and Marco Savorani, who joined Conte’s team after working with Roma for seven years. Savorani had been with Conte in Siena many years ago.

The two coaches put Lloris through their paces (one hits the Frenchman while the other recovers the loose ball, then vice versa) while Forster and Austin chat for a bit.

The outfield players join 12 minutes later, around 38 minutes before kick-off, and the coaches’ assembly mostly watches and observes (or, as was the case last weekend, liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp watches and observes their) and it’s a fairly typical mix of running, passing drills, rondos and shooting.

The men watching on the touchline are, from right to left; Geoff Scott (Medical Officer), then Dejan Kulusevsky injured at the time this image was taken, Tamim Khanbhai (Chief Medical Officer), Matt Davies (First Team Rehabilitation Physiotherapist), Juan Carlos Martinez (First Team Performance Physiotherapist), Gretar Steinsson (Director of performance) who discusses with Fabio Paratici (general director of football) and finally Andy Scoulding (deputy director of performance). Behind him, speaking to a few officials, is sports scientist Jordan Slack.

On the court looking at his watch is Costantino Coratti, a fitness trainer who has been with Conte for the past decade at Juventus, chelsea and Inter.

Joe O’Reilly (far left, ball under his arm) is the head of sports therapy, then to the right of those three subs taking a pass is assistant boss Cristian Stellini, who recently took a conference release before Marseille and Nottingham Forest matches.

Stellini was a defender in Italy with Genoa, Como and briefly Juventus. He worked with Conte at Juve and was his assistant at Inter.

Immediately to his right is Conor Baker (senior kit and equipment technician) then technical coach and former Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason (with four footballs at his feet), who joined Conte’s staff a a year after serving as the academy’s head of player development and caretaker first-team care, including the Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City last year. Mason is still only 31 years old.

Just behind Mason facing out is Savorani, with Suckling between the two goals.

It’s a mix of young, technical and scientific club staff with the shrewd experience of Conte’s proven coaching and fitness experts. While Spurs weren’t short on numbers or expertise, there was a lack of top-flight experience, which Conte’s side brought alongside a deep level of rehabilitation and science expertise. sport, especially in fitness.

This article cannot be written without mentioning Gian Piero Ventrone, who died last month of leukemia at the age of 61.

Conte worked with Ventrone at the very start of his coaching career in 2005 and they were reunited again at Spurs following the return of Conte’s fitness coach to Inter, Antonio Pintus. real Madrid.

Ventrone transformed the fitness and physical levels at Spurs and was the epitome of the experience, attention to detail and extreme work ethic that Conte brought to the club with his team.

The loss of the man nicknamed “The Marine” is still keenly felt on a daily basis.

Conte said: “Gian Piero, I want to be open and tell (you) that for us in these 43 days, not only (have we played) 13 games, but a difficult and emotional moment, losing him as nobody was terrible, not only for me but also for many players.

“Many had a great relationship with him. Some have a great loss in their hearts. Life is like that, you have to move on and move on.

“We continue to work in the same way. Don’t forget Gian Piero, I called him when I was appointed because he was in China working with Fabio Cannavaro and Fabio Capello. The work is always the same. For sure, there is a lack of human aspect, there is a lack of his experience, a lack of his relationship with the players.

“It was a big loss for us. But life is that. We have to move on. But Gian Piero, of course, in those 43 days, emotionally it was really difficult for us.

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