It is not often you hear a Premier League manager speak positively about international breaks, but that is exactly what happened during Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino’s press conference ahead of his sides London Derby against West Ham on Saturday afternoon.
Normally managers complain about injuries being picked up by their players on international duty, however, Pochettino has revealed that the latest round of Friendlies and UEFA Nations League games came at an ideal time for Spurs as it allowed them time to nurse several of the squad back to full fitness.
“It was a good time for us because we are going to recover a few players like Christian [Eriksen] and Mousa Dembele,” Pochettino told the press ahead of his side’s trip to the London Stadium.
“Still maybe 10 days more for Dele Alli and Danny Rose is the same, one week more.
“Jan Vertonghen is a little bit longer. But the most important thing is that we start to recover players. It will be a tough month of competition for us.
“There are a lot of games ahead and it’s so important to have nearly all the squad fit to compete and play and to give options to rotate and share the games because it will be tough.
“We have seven games in one month, in four weeks, and it’s so important to have all fit to compete and to give the level that we want.”