Monday 19 February 2018

Run of success brings tough choices for Tottenham

Much has been made of Mauricio Pochettino's brutal fitness regime at Tottenham Hotspur, and they will need it to bear positive results more than ever as they approach a critical 11 days. Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images
Much has been made of Mauricio Pochettino's brutal fitness regime at Tottenham Hotspur, and they will need it to bear positive results more than ever as they approach a critical 11 days. Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Marathon runners know it is better to have a sprint finish than a sprint start. As Tottenham approach what the business end of the season, they are dominant, resurgent and fighting to the last second of every match.

Much has been made of the brutal fitness regime their head coach, Mauricio Pochettino, and they will need it to bear positive results more than ever as they approach a critical 11 days.

In that time they must play not just Fiorentina home and away in the Europa League, but also a Premier League game against West Ham and the League Cup final with Chelsea. In fact, as Pochettino pointed out yesterday: "This is our 42nd official game tomorrow in seven months."

Fiorentina arrive in north London with a couple of other familiar faces in their squad in the shape of on-loan Manchester City full-back Micah Richards and Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah.

So, as Tottenham get ready to face their veritable marathon of matches, it will be interesting to see if they do indeed have the lungs to sprint through them all.

Tottenham Hotspur v Fiorentina, live, BT Sport 2, 8.05pm

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