Pochettino unwilling to ‘risk’ World Cup stars in Premier League opener


Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he will not risk any of his players who will be returning late from their extended break (on Monday 6, August).

Some of Tottenham’s main men including Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen just to name a few have still not returned to training following their prolonged World Cup runs.

With Spurs’ opening Premier League clash with Newcastle United now just 10 days away Pochettino has confessed he is unsure on the fitness of the returning players:

“First we need to assess them on Monday and see what happens,” said the 46-year-old.

The Spurs boss has had a lot on his plate this summer with an injury crisis to deal with alongside a severe lack of transfer dealings.

“Maybe some players look after themselves and they’ve been training, maybe others rest, we need to see and of course we are not going to take risks if some players are not ready to compete, to play, they are not going to be involved at the weekend,” he added.

The Lilywhites are returning from their International Champions Cup tour of the USA where a midfield injury list has developed meaning Poch has put his trust in his youth players.

Oliver Skipp and Luke Amos have played huge roles in the competition and both have impressed – possibly staking a claim in Pochettino’s squad to travel to St. James’ Park.

Spurs fans, if you were Pochettino would you rest the likes of Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen if their fitness was not up to scratch?


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  1. There supposed to be professional athletes if they are able to then play them we shouldn’t be assuming that we will roll over supposedly lesser clubs with a weakened team dangerous game to play as a good start to the season is what would be required if we are to challenge

  2. This just shows a lack of squad depth . Won’t be challenging in league if can’t start season with fresh full compliment! Coys


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