Tottenham Hotspur resumes training with Amazon cameras rolling
According to the Evening Standard, Tottenham Hotspur have returned to training amidst the coronavirus threat. Spurs are the only team in London to do so as the footballing world screams to isolate their players to protect them from being infected.
Tottenham’s actions are in contrast to the directives given by the government to minimize contact with others. The club continues to prepare for a return to action under the gaze of cameras as the shoot for Spurs’ Amazon documentary continues.
Amazon’s ‘All or Nothing’ documentary is focussing on our 2019-20 season as the source material for their new season. The series was scheduled for a release this summer. With the fate of the season now uncertain, it remains to be seen how it impacts the documentary.
Amazon have already got themselves enough talking points to cover. Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking and Jose Mourinho’s arrival combined with Eric Dier’s confrontation with a fan will be among the talking points. With the coronavirus also playing spoil-sport, this season promises to be anything but drab.
The majority of the cameras are rigged in fixed placements at Hotspur Way and can be operated remotely. Amazon paid around £10million for its fly-on-the-wall series. They have seemingly struck gold given the issues that have plagued the club this season.
Meanwhile, other London based clubs are still staying away from training. Arsenal and Chelsea squads are still in self-isolation, while Crystal Palace have closed their training ground. Watford are due to return to training on Friday, while West Ham United are planning to return later in the week.
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We personally feel it is unwise to continue training at a point where human contact is recommended to be minimized. At a time when the world is reeling under the pandemic, risking the health of players and staff could be considered irresponsible.
It looks unlikely at the moment that games will resume on April 3. Tottenham should have followed what other clubs have done and advised players to self isolate until then.