Friday 20 October 2017

Balancing act proving difficult ahead of Pochettino's first 'final'

Pochettino has a difficult balance to strike in his team selection for both games and he knows history will be unforgiving if Spurs lose twice.
Pochettino has a difficult balance to strike in his team selection for both games and he knows history will be unforgiving if Spurs lose twice.

Ian Herbert

Mauricio Pochettino fears his reputation as a coach will be judged by the team choices he makes in the next 72 hours.

Tottenham face Fiorentina tonight knowing they must score to progress to the last 16 of the Europa League after drawing 1-1 at White Hart Lane, before they turn their attention to the League Cup final against Chelsea on Sunday.

Pochettino has a difficult balance to strike in his team selection for both games and he knows history will be unforgiving if Spurs lose twice.

"If you rotate against Fiorentina and then at Wembley and win them both, you are a genius," said Pochettino. "If you lose this game and then the final, you are a bad coach.

"We have to be clear and identify that Fiorentina is our first final. Sometimes you take a decision and it turns out to be right or wrong, but I'm still the same coach. It is a very busy period and it's difficult for the players to recover."

Pochettino has left Younes Kaboul, Emmanuel Adebayor and Etienne Capoue behind but all his other main players travelled. (© Independent News Service)

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