How does Pochettino approach his big problem this week?

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino faces questions in terms of squad selection for the return of the Europa League this week.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has a big challenge this week, which comes in the form of the Europa League game against Fiorentina.

Spurs will be fresh heading into the match having not played over the weekend but the manager has a big call to make and that’s who starts on the game.

The Europa League is an important competition for Tottenham because it represents a way for the team to get into the Champions League for next season.

Win it and Spurs will have the chance to play in the competition.

The boss has to make the decision over whether to go all out and play his best team or whether to hold some of his first team stars back for the Premier League clash against West Ham this weekend.

Pochettino has the benefit of being able to select players like Harry Kane or Christian Eriksen to try and hurt Fiorentina, but he may feel they are more important for the Sunday kick-off at 12pm.

At some point the boss has to change things up in relation to his squad, bringing in new players to keep everyone fresh.

It’s whether he does that in Europe or domestically.

The Premier League arguably represents a better chance for the team to qualify for the Champions League.

There are more opportunities to adapt after negative results whereas a poor performance in the Europa League could see Tottenham out.

What Pochettino can’t do is try and hedge his bets and cover both competitions.

If he does that, Spurs may lose some of their punch in both competitions, which could leave them back at square one looking ahead to next season.

Tottenham’s squad is there to be used and it’s now down to anyone coming into the side this Thursday or this weekend to make the most of their opportunity.

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