Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino was quoted by Goal suggesting that a little bit of fatigue crept into the performances of his players against Liverpool.
Tottenham weren’t able to back up their win in the North London derby last weekend, which left the Argentine frustrated and he revealed that his players are tired after the game.
The comments create the question of how the manager deals with the problem of fatigue?
Tottenham are under pressure in the Premier League, facing the difficult challenge of the League Cup final against Chelsea and have to shortly reignite their Europa League challenge.
The simplest way to deal with fatigue for the manager is to prioritise and risk disappointment in other competitions.
The main aim for Spurs this season is to get into the Champions League and the boss has to decide whether it’s better for the team to focus on doing that via the league or the Europa League.
He also has to decide who are his key players in big positions and how he can keep them effective there.
A temptation at the moment will be to play Harry Kane in every single game but at some point, he’ll need to have a rest with someone else coming into the side.
It’s the same with a player like Christian Eriksen.
Pochettino will most likely want to remove the lottery of the Europa League entry route into the Champions League and focus on the more certain entry route of the Premier League.
Therefore, Europe may be where he takes more risks and rotates his team until it becomes obvious that Tottenham won’t finish as a top four team domestically.