Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood has suggested there's no real reason for the club's post Europa League form this season.
Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood has defended current boss Mauricio Pochettino and the team for their post-Europa League form this season.
Spurs have been inconsistent when they have played after European games this season, but Sherwood doesn’t feel there is a problem and has defended Pochettino against criticism in him trying to get Tottenham league games moved to a Monday night.
“There’s no reason for it – sometimes you just come up against a team that’s better than you on the weekend,” Sherwood told talkSPORT.
“He’s just trying to get his team some extra time to prepare (request for Spurs games on Mondays) – He’s just doing what any other manager would do.”
Pochettino has been left frustrated by the same problem, which has plagued Everton this season, by the lack of time Spurs have to prepare for weekend matches following European games on a Thursday night.
It’s an issue that Sherwood had to contend with but he doesn’t feel it should be a problem for Tottenham when they play in certain parts of Europe.
“In terms of travelling – when we played Benfica last season and with the side playing Besiktas tonight, it’s not a problem.”
Sherwood also feels that Tottenham have a large enough squad to be able to cope with the high number of games the side is playing this season, which can place strain on certain areas of the team.
Spurs face a similar problem this weekend as they travel to Wales on Sunday afternoon to take on Swansea, losing preparation time from having to fly back from Turkey before needing a rest period before the players can get stuck back into training.
Some of the most experienced managers in English football such as Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and plenty of others, have all tried to get matches rearranged in their favour.
However, it’s not always possible and Sherwood’s message is clear; deal with it, get on with it and focus on getting important results which will make a top four push easier.