Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed his players will be given some much-needed respite after tomorrow’s match against Borussia Dortmund.
Football.London report that the Argentine will give his squad and staff a few days off to ‘rest and recover’ after the Champions League Round of 16 first leg tie at Wembley Stadium.
Spurs’ schedule has been rather hectic of late, playing 11 matches in four different competitions since the turn of the year, including tomorrow night.
However, after the Dortmund clash, the North London club do not play until February 23rd when they travel to the North West to take on Burnley.
That is because this weekend is an FA Cup weekend, and Pochettino’s side lost 2-0 to Crystal Palace in the 4th round of the competition towards the back end of January.
When asked about time off for his players, the Argentine said:
Yes, of course, we are going to be first to have a few days to rest and to recover. It’s a little bit of a shame, as I explained before, don’t be in the same situation or circumstances as Dortmund [24 hrs less rest]. And things like, the example is Danny Rose. With one day more, maybe he can be available to play but to reduce the time in between both games, Sunday and Wednesday is nearly impossible. We will see if he can be on the bench. But of course I am going to reward the players, whatever happens tomorrow, they deserve to be rewarded with some days off, to spend time with the family and of course to breathe a little bit and enjoy a little bit because the schedule of the fixtures for us was crazy up to today.