Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping Tottenham Hotspur can put the difficult period of the last few weeks behind them as his players return from the international break.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he ‘didn’t enjoy’ the international break as he was preparing ‘a lot of things’ and reviewing ‘many things’.
It has been a difficult first few weeks of the season for Spurs, who have produced indifferent results and performances, but they will be hoping all of that is now behind them.
The international break would have done Spurs the world of good because just before they left, they picked up a very good point at Arsenal and the European transfer window also closed.
Speaking to Sky Sports News (12/09/2019 1:10 pm), Pochettino stated the international break was all about trying to get his team to re-focus when they return.
On whether he has enjoyed his time away: “No, not really,” Pochettino told Sky Sports News. “I didn’t enjoy too much. We were preparing a lot of things. We were working, reviewing many things, planning and talking.
“It was a little bit of a strange period. I wasn’t about to have a party [after the Arsenal game] or to enjoy, it was more about to re-focus again on the competition and make a plan to provide the best to the team.”
Crystal Palace, who were Tottenham’s first opponents in their new stadium towards the back end of last season, will return to North London at the weekend.
Christian Eriksen, who has been in and out of the starting XI, will be hoping to start back-to-back games for the first time this season – he netted the opener against Arsenal last time out.
The area that will perhaps concern Pochettino more is his defence. The club are yet to keep a clean sheet and not playing their strongest backline at all times has contributed towards that.