Tottenham left-back Sergio Reguilon revealed he has sought advice from Paris Saint-Germain right-back Achraf Hakimi on how to thrive under Antonio Conte’s management.
Hakimi became a star under Conte’s Inter Milan regime, thriving as one of the Italian’s wing-backs before earning a £54million move to France in the summer transfer window.
Last season saw the Nerazzurri win their first Serie A title in 11 years, putting an end to a Juventus reign that was started by Conte himself.
The Italian is known for his style that requires hard work from every member of his squad, both in training and on match-day, and Spurs is viewed by many as the biggest task taken on by him to date.
There was a victory over Vitesse Arnhem in Conte’s first match in charge in the Europa Conference League before his first Premier League outing as Spurs manager ended in a 0-0 draw against Everton at Goodison Park.
In a bid to ensure he impresses his new boss straight away, Reguilon contacted Hakimi, a previous transfer target of Chelsea, who was more than happy to give the Spaniard some pointers after his time working with Conte at Inter.
“The gaffer is special,” Reguilon told the Evening Standard.
“He loves training hard but now we don’t have a lot of time to work on the things he wants on the pitch. So we did a lot of meetings with videos this week.
“I’ve never played five at the back before. I have to learn quickly. The gaffer has told me he wants me to be solid in defence but at the same moment I have to arrive in the box, help the strikers, score goals, give assists. Now I have more of a chance to score goals and give assists. So let’s work.
“I have to see many videos with the staff to do what they want on the pitch. I’m enjoying the position a lot because I can attack more but I have to run double.
“I’ve watched a lot of videos of Chelsea and Inter Milan, and I have a friend at Inter, Achraf Hakimi who I spoke to about the gaffer. He told me I will improve a lot under him and I want to do that as soon as possible. He said I will have to work really, really hard but I will improve a lot. In one week, I can already see that.”
Source by Football London