Tuesday 6 December 2016

Pochettino keen to land knockout blow

Published 26/11/2015 | 02:30

Mauricio Pochettino has brought in-form striker Harry Kane to Baku, although the England international may start on the bench
Mauricio Pochettino has brought in-form striker Harry Kane to Baku, although the England international may start on the bench

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he has picked a strong enough squad to secure qualification for the Europa League knockout stages tonight.

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Spurs have made the 5,000-mile round trip to Baku to take on Azerbaijani side Qarabag knowing that victory will see them through to the last-32 with a match to spare.

However, Pochettino has left three key players behind in London – Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele – with one eye on Sunday’s Premier League game against Chelsea.

“For us, it is a very important game,” Pochettino said of the Group J clash. “Some players who can play have again stayed in London, but all the important players available, who we believe can win the game tomorrow, are here. But it is not our right to win.”

Pochettino has brought in-form striker Harry Kane to Baku, although the England international may start on the bench.

“We will see tomorrow if Kane plays,” Pochettino added. “This is a problem we have had in the last few weeks, the international players play a lot; Kane, (Dele) Alli, Walker, (Eric) Dier. The competition is very tough and it’s not easy to manage that.”

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