Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino spoke about potential burnout for Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen and hinted he may choose to rest the duo in his Crystal Palace pre-match press conference on Thursday, but what did his comments really mean?
Well, according to quotes reported by The Independent, the Argentine manager said of his attacking midfield pair:
“We will see on Saturday, it was a tough game against PSV in the Champions League. Then they are going to move to the national team I think. It will be tough to play two games.
“That is why we need to care and send them really fresh. That is why we are thinking if they are going to play or not against Palace.”
Having both been on the sidelines because of injury in recent weeks, Pochettino certainly won’t want to risk the duo suffering setbacks that could keep them out of action again.
Both players are likely to feature heavily for their countries during the international break, while Spurs also face Chelsea, Inter Milan and Arsenal in the space of eight days when they return to action later this month.
The 45-year-old will want Alli and Eriksen fit and 100% ready for those huge fixtures, and resting them against Palace could be the answer.
The absence of the duo at Selhurst Park could mean that Moussa Sissoko takes up a key role in the midfield with Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama also all potentially missing out, and he could play alongside Harry Winks in a 4-2-3-1 system.
Meanwhile, Pochettino’s words are probably another plea to Daniel Levy ahead of the January transfer window that the north London outfit need more squad depth if they are to achieve their goals.