The major dilemma which awaits Mauricio Pochettino next month

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Tottenham Hotspur may have to prioritise the League Cup or the Europa League next month.

Mauricio Pochettino faces a dilemma over whether to take the Europa League seriously or not next month, after Tottenham Hotspur made it to the final of the Capital One Cup. 

Spurs booked their place at Wembley by beating Sheffield United in midweek, but their aim to win the League Cup directly impedes with their desire to do well in the Europa League.

Tottenham have made good progress in Europe - qualifying for the knock-out stages of the competition - but the second leg of their tie against Fiorentina comes just three days before the final of the League Cup. 

It means that putting out a strong side against Serie A giants Tottenham could be damaging their chances of winning at Wembley and Pochettino has faces a difficult conundrum as a result.

Playing his strongest line-up against Fiorentina would risk them being fatigued or picking up injuries, potentially ruling them out of one of the biggest occasions in Tottenham's recent history, but sending out a weakened team could see his team drop out of Europe. 

The Lilywhites are desperate for a trophy, having not lifted one since 2008, and, even though Chelsea are the opposition in the League Cup, there is genuine hope that they can deliver it on March 1st.

Pochettino may have to risk going out of another competition to do so, though, and Spurs will feel that the fixture list has certainly not rewarded them for their success this season. 

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