Pochettino delivers latest Tottenham injury update ahead of Fiorentina clash
Mauricio Pochettino gives his Tottenham Hotspur squad a clean bill of health
Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham Hotspur have no injury concerns ahead of their clash against Fiorentina in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Spurs face the Serie A side in the first leg of their last-32 tie at White Hart Lane fresh from an eight-day break following their 3-2 loss to Liverpool at Anfield last week.
However, the north London club are braced for a hectic fixture schedule over the next couple of weeks as they play six games in three competitions in the next 17 days.
I think it is a good challenge for us, for me personally, but I feel good. I am prepared to enjoy these moments
But Pochettino is confident his squad can cope with the demands of their two-legged Europa League tie, the League Cup final and three Premier League games in the next two-and-a-half weeks.
“For me I prefer to play every three days because it’s a good sign we are in all competitions,” Pochettino told his pre-match media conference at Tottenham’s training ground on Wednesday.
“We have a strong squad for playing in the Europa League, the Premier League and the final of the Capital One Cup against Chelsea, and I am happy. There is not a special worry about that – all the squad are fit and we are in a very good way.
“This is our 42nd official game tomorrow in seven months and it’s important to manage the squad, to always analyse each case and each player after the games and then to be clever and select the best player to play in each game.”
The Argentine was appointed as Tim Sherwood’s successor in May after he impressed during an 18-month reign at Southampton.
Asked if the next couple weeks represent the biggest challenge of his managerial career, Pochettino added: “Yes, maybe. I think it is a good challenge for us, for me personally, but I feel good. I am prepared to enjoy these moments.
“We have a lot of very tough games ahead and one final. It’s good for the club, good for our supporters and for our players, too. I don’t think too much. It’s about enjoying the moment and trying to prepare them in the best way for their next game.
“In football, you need to enjoy it. If not, it’s difficult to give your best. Football is emotion, you need to be in your best condition to play at your best level.”
Tottenham are unbeaten in five games against Italian sides in Uefa competitions.