Tottenham Hotspur have had an extremely congested fixture list in the last few months due to their involvement in multiple competitions.
The fact that several key players have suffered injuries has made the problem even worse.
However, despite missing the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli, the Lillywhites have still managed to grind out results and remain in touch with Liverpool and Manchester City.
Pochettino was heavily critical of the FA and the Premier League for their scheduling of Tottenham’s game against Leicester last weekend.
The Argentine felt that the game could have been held on Saturday given the fact that both the Foxes and Spurs had no midweek fixture last week, as that would have given Tottenham an extra day of time to prepare for the Champions League round of 16 game against Borussia Dortmund this evening
In contrast to Spurs, Dortmund played their Bundesliga game against Hoffenheim on Saturday and have had an extra 24 hours to recover ahead of the clash.
Despite his previous protestations, Pochettino insisted that the Spurs players will not be short of energy against BVB.
Pochettino said given how big the game is, he could see the energy and the motivation in the players’ eyes and insisted that they cannot use tiredness as an excuse against Dortmund.
Speaking to Football.London, the Argentine said, “I’ve described before, or in the last few days, that it was a little bit unfair (the schedule) but that is not an excuse to arrive tomorrow in our best condition and fight to try to win.
“I think you can feel in the eyes of the players the energy. We were talking in the meeting before and it’s completely different.
“If you ask me why, I don’t know, because I’m a person whose own motivation is always high, when we play against Dortmund or Barcelona or we play against different games in different competitions.
“But of course you can feel that it’s the Champions League, that it’s going to be a massive game with, I hope, a full stadium at Wembley and of course the energy and motivation is going to be there.
“If not, if we’re not ready to compete and play in this type of place and situation, you can start to think that we have some problem. But I think we’re going to find the energy and give our best to try to be close to winning tomorrow.”
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