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World Cup hangover will hit most of our league, insists Pochettino

By Staff Reporter

Mauricio Pochettino believes the after-effects of the World Cup will be felt by the bulk of the Premier League during the formative stages of the new season.

Despite missing their nine World Cup semi-finalists, Spurs produced an impressive pre-season performance in San Diego on Wednesday after their makeshift side thrashed Champions League semi-finalists Roma 4-1.

Although World Cup trio Christian Eriksen, Davinson Sanchez and Son Heung-min were all able to feature in the International Champions Cup encounter, the absence of the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris continues to overshadow Pochettino's pre-season preparations.

But the Spurs boss insists both he - and many other Premier League managers - have to make the best of a bad situation.

"It's different circumstances (this summer) because the (World Cup) players need to rest," said Pochettino. "I'm not complaining about that. I understand that.

"It's a massive disadvantage because to prepare in that way will be tough for them. But I need to adapt. Some teams have more problems than others."

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