Five key talking points for Mauricio Pochettino ahead of the weekend

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino will have a number of things on his mind ahead of the Sunderland game.

Tottenham Hotspur go into the Premier League game against Sunderland this weekend looking to bounce back after a disappointing defeat against Crystal Palace.

The team haven’t had a lot of time to prepare for the game following the FA Cup replay win against Burnley but Mauricio Pochettino will ensure his team are focused on three points.

Here are five key questions he’ll be considering ahead of the weekend.

How can we improve our consistency?

The million dollar question. Spurs were superb against Chelsea but struggled at times against Palace, a supposedly smaller team. Wins breed confidence and momentum, which should make consistency easier. Any form of victory will do.

Do I need to worry about the defence?

If they play how they did against Palace then yes. The defensive line was too high against Alan Pardew’s team and that invited pressure onto the back four, which Palace did well to exploit on the counter attack.

Should I be worried about another slow start?

Tottenham found themselves 2-0 down before the ten minute mark against Burnley. The team switched off and went to sleep, allowing Sean Dyche’s side to get ahead. It’s something the side has to prevent a repeat of.

Do I keep Danny Rose at left midfield?

Rose did well playing in a more advanced position on the left against Burnley. The boss will be debating the merits of keeping him in that advanced role over the potentially safer option of pulling him back into his left-back slot.

What do I do about Emmanuel Adebayor and Aaron Lennon?

Neither made the squad for the cup replay against Burnley, which could be an indication of Pochettino’s thinking over their futures. They could come back into the squad and give him some fresh options off the bench.

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