Lewis Holtby welcomes weekend off

Lewis Holtby, Tottenham HotspurLewis Holtby believes a weekend off will boost Spurs’ top-four chances following their Europa League exit on Thursday.

Tottenham were dumped out of the Europa League on penalties on Thursday at FC Basel and don’t have a Premier League fixture this weekend due to Chelsea’s involvement in the FA Cup.

Fifth-placed Arsenal are two points adrift of Spurs with a game in hand and play three league games before Spurs’ next Premier League fixture, at home to Manchester City next Sunday, while third-placed Chelsea also have a chance to move further ahead of Tottenham when they travel to Fulham on Wednesday.

Spurs could find themselves outside the top four when they face City but Holtby believes the break has come at the right time for his side as it will allow them to regroup and give their injured stars a chance to recover.

“I think the break will be beneficial,” Holtby said.

“We have had a lot of matches as a squad. The Basel game was the second match in the space of a few weeks where we have had 120 minutes, and we have had so many games.

“We played well on Thursday, and we have got Aaron Lennon, Gareth Bale, and Jermain Defoe coming back for the Man City game so the prospects are good.”

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