Pochettino claims it is not a good time to play Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur take on Chelsea in the Premier League tomorrow night, as they look to beat them at Stamford Bridge for the second season in a row.

Spurs come into the game off the back of a defeat to Burnley, as they squandered a chance to reduce the gap between themselves and Liverpool to just three points.

However, Tottenham played early on Saturday, with Chelsea playing on Sunday in the Carabao Cup final against Man City.

Not only does this give Spurs an extra day of rest, but the Blues went on to play 120 minutes and penalties in the final.

Sarri’s side were also unable to lift the trophy, with Man City taking the tie on pens, so many would argue that it is a perfect time for Spurs to play Chelsea.

However, Mauricio Pochettino was keen to deny these claims, comparing it to when Spurs played Man City at Wembley, and still managed to beat West Ham 48 hours later.

He said (Football London): “Look we played Monday against Manchester City at Wembley, then Wednesday less than 48 hours later we started another game in the Olympic Stadium against West Ham. With less than 48 hours we were capable of beating West Ham 2-0 and we went through to another round of the Carabao Cup, playing Wednesday. You play Sunday and Wednesday and you have time to recover. Of course it’s tough to recover after the defeat of course, but for me it’s not a point to talk about. We are going to play a very good team with an amazing squad and players, capable to play and of course I don’t think they are going to be tired or in a different way. It’s going to be a tough game and they are going to be good because it’s a derby and in front of their fans. For sure it’s such an important game for them too.”

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