Ballad of the thin men: why squad is shedding the pounds

Tottenham s squad has over 100lbs to lose before team boss Juande Ramos is happy. Already the players have slimmed down by a collective 100kg but fitness coach Marcos Alvarez wants them to shed more, according to Spanish radio. He says that when Ramos arr

Tottenham's squad has over 100lbs to lose before team boss Juande Ramos is happy.

Already the players have slimmed down by a collective 100kg but fitness coach Marcos Alvarez wants them to shed more, according to Spanish radio.

He says that when Ramos arrived at White Hart Lane, the first team squad was carrying too much baggage, and he immediately set about turning fat into muscle with tougher training sessions.

The slimmed down Spurs may be shedding the pounds but they are piling on the points in the Premiership race, moving comfortably away from the bottom half of the table and bidding for Carling Cup glory against Chelsea next Sunday.

It looks like a case of less pounds mean prizes.