Tottenham star Erik Lamela admits players are tired ahead of busy spell

Erik Lamela

The Argentine admits that the hectic schedule is getting to him and other players.

Tottenham Hotspur are taking on Fiorentina this evening in a crunch second leg tie in the Europa League.

Spurs are level at 1-1 from the first leg and will be hoping to overcome that away goal disadvantage to defeat La Viola and qualify for the next round of the competition.

It comes at a busy time for Spurs. This will be their third game in seven days and by this time next week they will have played five games in 13 days - including a League Cup final against Chelsea.

So there is no shame in them being tired, although they probably shouldn't admit it. Although that is exactly what Argentine playmaker Erik Lamela did yesterday.

As reported by The Daily Express, he told the pre-Fiorentina press conference: “At times it’s difficult because we feel tired. But we have plenty of players and that helps.

“Of course it’s difficult but not only for us. I think we have skills in the team to do well. It doesn’t depend just on us.”

Spurs certainly do have a right to be tired, although prior to their Fiorentina clash last Thursday, they did have a nine-day break courtesy of an early FA Cup exit - so you can see why sympathy may be lacking from some areas.

As for Lamela telling his opponents just how tired they are, it shouldn't be a problem - as the Fiorentina players are probably feeling the exact same way.

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