Tottenham now taking player diets seriously

The chances of Tottenham eating a dodgy lasagna and coming down with food poisoning the night before a big game are a thing of the past, claims the Daily Mail.

When Spurs check in to their hotel before Sunday's FA Cup tie with Manchester United, they will be armed with a 60-page dossier of 'dos and don'ts' that they must adhere to.

It is all part of the Juande Ramos revolution that has helped turn the club from underachievers under Martin Jol to Carling Cup finalists, as well as dreaming of securing a surprise win at Old Trafford.

A change in diet and fitness has been key to the turnaround, but the hard work is not just confined to the training ground as the meticulous Ramos also makes sure hotel staff have their fair share of instructions, too.

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The dossier contains details of what the players are allowed to eat and drink, with no compromises.

Fitness coach Marcos Alvarez has taken most of the credit for their improved condition but, it should be noted, he has been working alongside dietician Antonio Escribano.

The Spaniards were stunned to see food more associated with a wedding reception in the players' canteen on their arrival in October, but the fatty foods and cakes have gone.

Now Escribano travels each week to Spurs' training ground and lays down the menus for the following seven days, plus delivering the massive dossier of instructions for when the squad are on the road.

There are meals to help prepare for games, meals to help recuperation, strict instructions for how long spaghetti should be boiled, 20 types of rich sauce which are banned and 12 key ingredients which are rotated in the salads that have become staple in the players' nourishment.

Escribano said: "Before Juande's arrival the guys ate just like ordinary people at a restaurant would eat, not like athletes.

"But the Spurs players have not been moaning, they've really got into the change because they understand it makes good logic and they can see the results."

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