Tottenham Hotspur went into the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final last night with an injury-hit squad.
They were without the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Heung-Min Son, and Victor Wanyama. Additionally, the likes of Lucas Moura and Eric Dier had just returned from injury layoffs.
To make matter worse, both Moussa Sissoko and Ben Davies had to be substituted after picking up injuries during the game.
This means that almost all the members of Tottenham’s squad have been out with respective injuries at different points this season.
Despite the injury pile up, Spurs fought admirably against Chelsea and clawed their way back into the game in the second half after going 2-0 down.
Spurs leveled the tie on aggregate courtesy of a header from Fernando Llorente and defended admirably to force a penalty shootout.
However, it wasn’t to be Spurs’ night as Eric Dier and Lucas Moura failed to convert from the spot. After the game, Pochettino said he was proud of the way his players had fought until the end given the circumstances.
He also explained why the injury pileup was to be expected given the lack of pre-season and Tottenham’s involvement in four competitions.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Pochettino told Football.London, “When you assess that pre-season when we were the team most affected by the World Cup, with no preparation and a lot of risk in different players for different circumstances. Then the fixtures were crazy.”
“Maybe one season the fixtures help us but this season it put us in a very difficult moment. It was a massive challenge for us after the World Cup. With all the circumstances I think we are managing very well the situation.”
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