By Alex Taylor

Mauricio Pochettino has introduced wrestling to White Hart Lane as he looks to improve his players’ upper-body strength and cardiovascular fitness, according to a report.

The Times claims that Pochettino has employed the unorthodox training techniques in order to boost the physical attributes of his current crop of stars.

The report says that a burly member of Tottenham’s medical staff has been drafted in to wrestle the Tottenham players. The physically intimidating medic would pin a player to the ground who would have one minute to wrestle themselves free and escape.

It is understood that the practice has become an integral element to the club’s training sessions this season – with the players even competing to see who can escape from the medic’s clutches quickest.

The unnamed member of the Spurs medical team is believed to have been dubbed the ‘cage fighter’ by players after his intimidating approach to the exercise.

The revised training methods are being utilised by Pochettino after his side faltered in the final months of last season, allowing Leicester to win their first Premier League title by 10 points.

In other Tottenham news, Harry Redknapp admitted he discovered his players bet on their own matches, in contravention of Football Association rules – and Spurs fans took to Twitter.