Pochettino happy with squad size

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Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino is confident the squad he has at his disposal is big enough to handle their busy schedule this season.

The North London side faces a run of three games in seven days starting with their Premiership match against Crystal Palace on Sunday and including a tough Capital One Cup game against bitter rivals Arsenal.

"We have a lot of games ahead and we need to be careful with the players," he told Sky Sports.

"We need to give the players time to recover and manage them in a very good way because we have some problems with some players. But we have a big squad, it is not a problem.

"Palace have improved in different positions and showed it in the last nine or 10 games – they have won eight. They are a very strong team and have improved a lot from last season. They showed signs of what they are capable of when Alan Pardew took over.

"This season they've really kicked on – it will be a tough test. They've got a bit of everything now because they are organised, they defend well but then they also have good attacking players with flair and creativity.

"It's a cliche but there are no easy games in the Premier League. Last season, people were talking about Palace possibly going down but they are now right at the top end of the table.

"Look at the likes of Swansea, Everton, Southampton and now Leicester. There are so many good teams that you can't afford to be off the pace in any game. You have to be ready every weekend."