With nine matches to play, Tottenham Hotspur sit second in the Premier League, five points behind leaders Leicester City.
As Spurs get ready to chase the club’s first league title in 55 years, manager Mauricio Pochettino is confident his team is up to the challenge.
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While some teams are battling injuries, Tottenham has stayed relatively healthy throughout the year and look fit moving forward, something Pochettino believes is very important to their success.
We assess the players every day and we take the best decision from the team.
We try to look after all of them. We played a lot of games and we come from a difficult season, because we’ve played a lot.
I think that we have good staff, good sports science and medical, who can look after the players in a good way.
We have a lot of players who are young and in their first or second season in the Premier League.
It’s very tough and we spend a lot of time analysing and to find information to give the best training sessions or recovery, or to find the best way to help them.
Pochettino’s system is based on a high work-rate and constant movement, with Tottenham players covering some of the most ground in the Premier League. While a system like that often leads to more injuries, Pochettino has also fielded the youngest team in the league this year, which could explain how Spurs have stayed so fit.
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Tottenham is still playing in the Europa League, with a Round of 16 match at Borussia Dortmund this Thursday. However, with a top-four finish in the Premier League looking almost certain, a win in the Europa League is not as important.
Spurs are also out of the League Cup and FA Cup, leaving the Premier League title as the main focus. With upcoming matches against Aston Villa and Bournemouth, Tottenham must make sure they take the maximum points and avoid injuries before a tough run to finish the season.