Spurs chief relishing make-or-break run

Spurs chief relishing make-or-break run

January 6, 2020 nfyactcp 0

first_img1 Mauricio Pochettino insists he is relishing Tottenham’s busy fixture schedule.Spurs face a tough run of six games in 17 days, with the Capital One Cup final meeting with Chelsea on March 1 sandwiched between crucial Europa League and Premier League games.It is a make-or-break period for the north London club, but Pochettino is confident he has a strong enough squad to cope with the demands of juggling three competitions.“This is our 42nd official game tomorrow in seven months,” the Argentine said, ahead of the first leg of the Europa League last 32 tie against Fiorentina in Florence on Thursday. “It’s important to manage the squad and always analyse after the games each case and each player. And after to be clever and select the best player to play in each game.“For me, I prefer to play every three days because it’s a good sign we are in all competitions.“We have a strong squad for playing in the Europa League, Premier League and the final of Capital One Cup against Chelsea. I am happy.“There is not a special worry about that. All the squad are fit and we are in a very good way.”Spurs are approaching every match “like a final” now, Pochettino says, and the importance of a positive first-leg result against Fiorentina is clear.Like Spurs, Vincenzo Montella’s side are pushing for Champions League qualification in the league and are amongst the contenders for the Europa League.They arrive in north London with a number of players well-versed with English football, varying from Micah Richards to Mohamed Salah, but Pochettino does not believe that experience will hinder Spurs’ chances.In addition, the Tottenham head coach does not believe the exit of Fiorentina’s star turn Juan Cuadrado to Chelsea during the winter transfer window will prove much of a helping hand to his team.“I believe that Cuadrado is an unbelievable player, but it is true that Fiorentina have a strong squad, a lot of good players,” he said.“Yes, we watch a lot of games from Fiorentina in the last period and it is a very, very good team.“It is true that Cuadrado is a very, very, very good player, but in the end I think Fiorentina have a lot of players that can replace him and do the same job.”That quality means the bookmakers are struggling to guess who will progress from the tie, with Pochettino well aware of how tough these games will be.“I agree that it’s 50/50 and I think it’s a tough game,” he added.“I think we share the same philosophy, Tottenham and Fiorentina.“Maybe we play in different ways, the system is different. Fiorentina play one, five or three and use different systems during different games, but we play 4-2-3-1. But a lot of the philosophy, yes.” Mauricio Pochettino last_img

 

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