Pochettino: Fatigue no excuse

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admits that his team are "not the best condition" for the derby against Arsenal, but refuses to use scheduling as an excuse.

Spurs take on Anderlecht in the Europa League on Thursday before facing their north London rivals at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, and the Argentine coach knows that the games are coming thick and fast.

"We need to take the schedule and not complain about that," he said. "We need to accept the rules, the schedule, we knew the situation before. We're ready to compete.

"It's true this is not the best condition but we need to be ready and we need to take the excuse away from the players – ‘Maybe they are tired because they played on Monday?' – no.

"We need to put this idea out of our mind. We're in a very good condition and we are fit and we need to be ready.

"It's more mental than physical, playing every two days, and we're in a very good run – we need to keep focused because we have a very important game."

Spurs are still undefeated in the Premier League since opening day, and five wins in their last seven matches has seen them climb up to fifth in the Premier League ahead of their shootout with the Gunners.

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