Charlie Nicholas questions Pochettino, explains his prediction for Tottenham v Fiorentina

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Charlie Nicholas thinks Mauricio Pochettino should have been resting players in recent games.

Pundit Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports that he thinks Mauricio Pochettino's recent line-ups have been 'strange', but is backing Tottenham to beat Fiorentina 2-0.

Spurs drew the first leg 1-1 in Italy, as Nacer Chadli's penalty was cancelled out by Federico Bernardeschi's deflected long range strike.

Tottenham fielded a strong side in Florence, as the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli all started the match, before Alli then started again in the FA Cup against Crystal Palace just days later.

Given Tottenham position in the Premier League - second in the table, just two points behind league leaders Leicester City - many have called for Pochettino to prioritise the Premier League over other competitions, though the FA Cup is now out of the equation after losing 1-0 to Palace.

On Thursday, Pochettino is again posed with the task of picking a team to beat Fiorentina, but Sunday's Premier League clash with Swansea City must weigh heavily on his mind too.

Now, pundit Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports that he thinks Pochettino's line-up was 'strange' in the first leg, and questions why the Argentine is taking the Europa League so seriously given that Spurs have a top four place virtually guaranteed already.

He did though predict a 2-0 win for Spurs, stating that Pochettino will no doubt put out another strong team at White Hart Lane in order to beat the Italian side.

"I thought it was strange to see Spurs play such a strong team in the first leg because their results have been poor after Europa League trips and the outcome was their defeat to Crystal Palace," said Nicholas.

"Mauricio Pochettino is obviously keen on winning this competition, but what I would have said that this is the one competition they didn't need to go far in. Unlike Liverpool and United, they don't need to win it for a Champions League place because they're going to be in the top four."

"All these games are coming thick and fast now and I think they'll put out another strong side, go out to win it in the first half and, even though Fiorentina are a good side, I expect Spurs to come through here," he added

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