Tottenham’s academy players are doing their bit ahead of the club’s historic first ever Champions League final against Liverpool on June 1.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men will take on Jurgen Klopp’s Reds at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium next Saturday, with the three-week gap between European club football’s biggest game and the end of the Premier League season meaning that both clubs have had to get creative in their approaches to preparing for the game.
Liverpool have jetted off to Marbella for a warm weather training camp, just as they did ahead of last season’s final against Real Madrid in Kiev.
While Tottenham are calling on the services of their young players to help the first-team prepare to face the Reds.
As detailed in the Mail Online , Spurs have asked some of their academy players to delay their post-season holidays in order to be available to add numbers to the training pitch and play alongside and against the first-team players.
With Pochettino permitted to name a 23-man squad for the final some of the youngsters might even be chasing a place on the bench in Madrid, while the more senior stars have been put on special training regimes made up of indoor and outdoor work.
The gap between the domestic season ending and the final means that Spurs have plenty of time of their injured players to recover, with Harry Kane the most notable of those.
The forward – who suffered an ankle ligament injury in the quarter-final against Manchester City – is winning his race to bit fit for the final, although Spurs are continuing to monitor him ahead of an expected return to full team training at the beginning of next week.
Spurs will head to Madrid on Wednesday next week.