Tottenham round-up, Pochettino wary of Fiorentina threat, Vertonghen happy with season so far

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A selection of the latest media stories involving Tottenham Hotspur this Wednesday evening.

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has said everybody is fit to play ahead of a busy schedule for his players, which starts tomorrow night when they host Fiorentina at White Hart Lane. 

Spurs are currently fighting on three fronts as they chase Champions League football in both the Premier League and Europa League, with the League Cup final against Chelsea three days after the second leg takes place in Florence.

The Spurs boss is quoted in the London Evening Standard saying: “Everyone is fit and it’s a good thing for us. It wasn’t too long but the break was good for recovery."

The Argentine coach also feels that despite the Serie A side losing star man Juan Cuadrado during the closing stages of the winter transfer window, they still carry a significant threat to Tottenham's hopes in the competition, and Pochettino has spoken of the importance of having a first leg lead to take to Italy.

He added: “We have seen a lot of their games recently and they’re a very good team.

“We’re ready mentally, too. Our idea is to win the game. Fiorentina are very good, and I admire Montella and the way they play. The football is quite Spanish in style. It’s a very tough game and it’s important to get the victory tomorrow.”

Defender Jan Vertonghen seems happy with the way Tottenham's season has gone so far, and has talked up this week's clash against their Serie A opponents, suggesting that both sides are pretty evenly matched in quality.

He told the Tottenham website: “This week we’re involved in one of the best ties in this stage of the Europa League between two attacking teams and I’m sure they will be two good games.

“For us, we’re still where we want to be. It’s a shame we’re out of the FA Cup but we have a final to come in the Capital One Cup, we’re still competing in the Premier League and we’ve got two good games to come against Fiorentina, so we’re in a good way.”

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