Former Liverpool midfielder expects Spurs battle

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Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino’s comments came as little surprise to Fiorentina’s Alberto Aquilani when the Spurs boss said he will not be treating the Fiorentina match lightly, describing the Europa League tie as merely their “first final”.

The next few days have the potential to decide whether the former Argentina defender’s first season at the White Hart Lane helm is deemed a success or failure.

The former Liverpool midfielder – one of a number of Viola players with Premier League experience – does not expect anything but the very best from Spurs, even with Chelsea on the horizon.

“I think it’s absurd that any player or any team could be distracted and think of any other game,” Aquilani said.

“In football, all you want to do is win game by game. I expect them to come with that mentality tomorrow. I expect them to focus on this game first.”

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