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Spurs boss extols virtues of day's rest


Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham's Europa League hangovers would become a thing of the past if the Premier League afforded them an extra day's rest between games.

Spurs have often found it difficult to balance European and domestic exertions, with this season's awful home record bringing those issues into sharp focus.

No side has suffered more Premier League defeats on their own turf this season, with Liverpool, West Brom, Newcastle and Stoke all taking three points from White Hart Lane.

All four of those defeats have followed Europa League matches - an horrendous run they will be hoping is not extended when Everton visit this weekend days after Spurs host Partizan Belgrade.

Roberto Martinez's side also have a European match to deal with tonight and Pochettino believes both teams would benefit from such matches taking place on Monday rather than Sunday.

"Maybe it is a good idea," he said, when asked whether matches should be rescheduled to a Monday.

"For Sunday, we are in the same position as Everton. They play in Germany [at Wolfsburg] and we play at home.

"Yes, maybe it is a good idea to play Monday. Why not? One day more is good for the players to recover. Yes, maybe it is a good idea."

Put to Pochettino that football bodies in Italy and Spain appear to be more helpful to sides in European competition, the former Espanyol boss said: "Yes, yes, it is true.

"They look after the clubs who are involved in the international competition.

"I think it is a good idea maybe if you play Thursday and afterwards Monday.

"One day extra is very good for the players to recover because maybe you play in Turkey, Serbia or Greece and you arrive 4am.

"It changes your sleep and after it is Friday, you need to train, then Saturday, then Sunday you play at one o'clock. It is very difficult for the players."

Belfast Telegraph