Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is worried that his side are becoming fatigued after their 1-0 loss to West Ham United on Wednesday, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
Spurs had a brilliant opportunity to go top of the table after Tuesday’s results, with Leicester City only managing to draw West Bromwich Albion 2-2.
However, the Lilywhites were not able to overcome a tough Hammers side at the Boleyn Ground, with in-form Englishman Michail Antonio scoring from a Dimitri Payet corner just seven minutes after kick-off.
And Pochettino has cited burn-out as a possible reason, with his side playing their third game in just seven days and only have another two nights to rest before their North London Derby clash against Arsenal.
He said: “The Premier League is the most competitive league in the world, and you can see that every week. For different reasons, it’s open and competitive and not easy to play every week.
“We are near the top and have come through a very busy period, playing Europa League, FA Cup and now Premier League. Always it’s tough. But it’s not about complaining. No excuses.
“We were poor in the first half. We didn’t suffer from nerves. We made some mistakes that normally we don’t make. It was the same in the first 20 minutes against Swansea on Sunday, and today (Wednesday) we started not so good. West Ham played better than us.”
But, the Argentine has urged his men to bounce back for the visit of the Gunners, who also failed to take advantage at the top of the table after getting beaten by Swansea 2-1 at the Emirates.
“We need to be positive,” he added. “Why not? The players are very disappointed but there are no easy games.”