Pochettino believes schedule is ‘unfair’ to Spurs


Tottenham are currently without a whole host of first team stars ahead of the crunch match against Barcelona tonight.

The likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele, Jan Vertonghen, Michel Vorm, Serge Aurier, Vincent Janssen and Luke Amos are currently all out injured.

Spurs have also got to play four games in eight days in the coming weeks, after they progressed to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, and their Prem fixture with City was moved to a Monday.

Tottenham’s squad is stretching thin as it is, and that’s if they don’t pick up any more injuries in these back to back games.

They face Manchester City, West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and PSV Eindhoven all in the space of just over a week at the end of this month.

Pochettino has expressed his feelings about such a hectic schedule, and believes it’s unfair towards his side.

The Telegraph report Poch said: “The circumstances this season are so tough. Look what is going to happen in the Carabao Cup. We are going to play Monday in Wembley against Manchester City and then we must play on Wednesday or Thursday, and then we must play Saturday and Tuesday in the Champions League. That is completely unfair for a team that wants to win some titles.

“Of course, we need to deal with that and that is why this will be the most difficult season for us. We are working hard to keep the level and to try to compete.

“Of course, the ambition is to win, but reality maybe and dream and perception are not in a good balance today. The most important now is day by day and game by game. The most important today is to be focussed on Barcelona and try to give our best and try to win, and then we will see what happens at the end of the season.

“But it’s difficult to say today if the team will be better or improve from last season, or not, because there are a lot of circumstances to analyse and put together.

“You cannot guess what is going to happen, we don’t know when we are going to play in the new stadium, everything like this makes you more cautious to guess what will happen.

“The most important now is to be competitive every single game and try to win. We will see what happens at the end of the season when we will settle ourselves, the fans and the team in the new stadium. Then we can start to talk about objectives, but, today, we can only be focussed on the next game.”

Is Pochettino right about the schedule being unfair?

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