Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that his side are not in the best condition to play Chelsea this Sunday following their 1-0 Europa League victory over Qarabag on Thursday, according to reports from the London Evening Standard.
The Lilywhites qualified for the knock-out stages after the win in Baku, but then the squad faced a long trip back to London ahead of a crunch game with the champions at White Hart Lane.
Pochettino wanted assurance of qualification and fielded a strong squad, with star man Harry Kane leading the line and grabbing the only goal of the game.
However, the former Southampton boss believes his team will be tired from the fixture and the trip back from Azerbaijan, but is urging them to show a strong mentality to recover in time the Sunday’s clash.
“We are through to the next round and this was our objective,” said Pochettino.
“The objective is gone now. We will make sure we will arrive in a good condition to play Chelsea. We have a strong squad and a strong mentality, with the maturity.
“It is true we arrive maybe not in the best condition to compete in the right way but respect to our medical staff for what they do, they will work during the flight and tomorrow we have a day off. On Saturday we will assess.”
Spurs have been unbeaten in 12 league games since their opening day defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.