Pochettino reveals how he uses long rest periods to better the team

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have been well used to congested fixture periods this season, playing 17 games across December and January alone.

However, the club may have the opposite situation in the next month, with a long rest period on the horizon.

Spurs just enjoyed a much-needed 10 days of rest to recharge the batteries and get their star players back from injury, like Harry Kane, Ben Davies, and Danny Rose.

That 10 days is nothing compared to the upcoming 22 day break in March though, as Spurs go from the 9th to the 31st of the month without a single game.

This comes after their fixture against Crystal Palace was rescheduled due to Palace’s FA Cup commitments.

Pochettino has pointed out that these rests can be deemed positive if you keep winning, or negative if you lose match sharpness and lose games.

He did however imply that he enjoys these periods, as it gives him the chance to help the team improve.

Poch said (Football London): “If we have good results, sure it was fantastic and amazing. If not, we’re going to talk about how it’s negative to have this break. For me, it’s always positive. It’s positive because it provides the team the chance to breathe a little bit, to rest but in the same time to work hard, to try to improve different aspects of the team. It’s so important. I am a person who believes you can use this period to help the team to play better, to improve in situations, collectively and individually. I think we try to provide the team in all aspects, the capacity to perform in the best way. That’s the objective in the next five games until we are again in a period where are not going to compete during three weeks, we are going to be out of the competition.”

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