Pochettino welcomes congestion

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The Argentinian’s start to life at White Hart Lane has not been straightforward, but the Capital One Cup final against Chelsea on March 1 offers him the opportunity to end his first season at the helm with silverware.

Spurs have also emerged as genuine top-four contenders during that period and will resume a two-pronged trophy hunt on Thursday, when Fiorentina visit for the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie.

The return fixture comes just three days before the Wembley showdown against Chelsea, while the north Londoners also face Premier League matches against West Ham, Swansea and QPR during the period.

“This is our 42nd official game tomorrow in seven months,” Pochettino said. “It’s important to manage the squad and always analyse after the games each case and each player. And after to be clever and select the best player to play in each game.

“For me, I prefer to play every three days because it’s a good sign we are in all competitions. We have a strong squad for playing in the Europa League, Premier League and the final of Capital One Cup against Chelsea. I am happy.

“There is not a special worry about that. All the squad are fit and we are in a very good way.”

In addition, the Tottenham boss does not believe the exit of Fiorentina’s star turn Juan Cuadrado to Chelsea during the winter transfer window will prove much of a helping hand to his team.

“Cuadrado is an unbelievable player, but it is true that Fiorentina have a strong squad, a lot of good players,” Pochettino added.

“Yes, we watch a lot of games from Fiorentina in the last period and it is a very, very good team.”

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