Pochettino looks ahead to Leicester and Barcelona

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

It was a huge week for Tottenham Hotspur last week, with London derbies against bitter rivals Chelsea and Arsenal, as well as a pivotal Champions League encounter with Inter Milan.

However, this week could prove to be even more crucial, as Spurs take on Leicester tomorrow to keep their top three spot, before facing a make or break tie against Barca in mid week.

Tottenham will probably have to win away to the Spanish giants to secure that second place in their tough group, and a spot in the knock out rounds.

However, Leicester will prove to be no pushovers tomorrow night, and Pochettino will have to make some difficult decisions surrounding who he rests and who he plays.

Spurs were guilty of running out of steam in the North London Derby last week, and that isn’t something that Poch will want to repeat.

Rotating his players could be key to long term success this season.

Pochettino was asked how we will manage his team selection (Football London): “I think you know me. We’re going to try to take the best decision for Saturday to try to be competitive and be close to winning and perform in the best way. It’s not easy of course to play every three days.

“It’s so tough for the players and for the staff, but we are going to try to take the best decision, to put a very fresh team, fresh legs and mind and try to compete in the best way.

“I think the focus for us is to try to win the three points against Leicester. That is the most important game.

“It doesn’t exist, Barcelona. We’re going to maybe rotate some players because they need rest, not because we’re going to play against Barcelona on Tuesday. That is why.

“I anticipate you and the people but the decision we’re going to take is always thinking to provide the best things for the players. If we detect some players are tired maybe we rest them, but thinking always about trying to win the game against Leicester, not thinking about the game after.

“I think Leicester are a very good team. After the tragedy, it is such a difficult thing to recover from. We are so painful and so sorry for everyone there. But they have a great manager, great players. I think they have a very good squad.

“It is a team that plays so well with clear ideas. Of course they are doing a fantastic job. It is not easy. For me it is going to be a tough game. I think it is a game that is going to be more difficult than they previous game that we played.”


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