Wednesday 17 January 2018

Spurs stars want to right the wrongs of Liverpool loss

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: Reuters
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: Reuters

Matt Law

Tottenham Hotspur's overworked stars have talked themselves out of a midweek rest after telling manager Mauricio Pochettino that they want to use tonight's Europa League tie against Gent to right the wrongs of the defeat at Liverpool.

Pochettino is set to name a strong team in Belgium for the much-dreaded return of Thursday-night football, despite the fact Spurs have one of the heaviest workloads in the Premier League.

Leaders Chelsea will have had a full week to prepare for their FA Cup clash against Wolves while Liverpool have flown to warm weather training in La Manga as they do not play again until February 27. Before Liverpool's trip to Leicester City, Tottenham will have faced Gent in Belgium, Fulham in the FA Cup, Gent again at Wembley and Stoke City in the Premier League.

Pochettino admitted he will have to make some changes, but those players involved in the 2-0 defeat at Anfield want the chance to get over that result as soon as possible.

"I think they're in good condition," said Pochettino. "What happened against Liverpool, all the players want the chance to play again and change the feeling. But we'll see. Maybe we will make some changes, but not too many.

"I'm happy to be involved in different competitions, the Europa League and the FA Cup. We are now in a period where we have a few games, one tomorrow and another in the FA Cup on Sunday at Fulham, then Thursday again and Stoke at home. It's true, it's not easy.

"But we need to be fresh in our minds to take better decisions for the team that don't affect results. You need all the squad involved and feeling important.

"But I like to compete. Some teams, like Chelsea or Liverpool, have three or four days holidays, off, to try and prepare for a week-and-a-half for a Premier League game. But I prefer to be busy and try and win some titles."

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