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Pochettino: It’s not healthy for players to play every three days

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has criticised English football’s hectic winter fixture list admitting it is ‘not healthy’ for players to play every three days.

The Spurs boss named Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen on the bench for Saturday’s 2-0 win at Leicester City, and says rotation is necessary to cope with his side’s workload.

“The reality is we are there, fighting Liverpool, City, Chelsea and Arsenal – that’s the reality,” he said.

“The three points are massive to keep our position in the table. It’s a massive win for us.

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“It’s not a thing to show the belief you have in the squad is massive. It’s easy to talk about but it’s difficult to show. We believe and trust in the squad and how important all the players are.

“There’s no point players playing every three days. It’s not healthy, they need to rest and need some time to breathe.

“For some teams it’s so difficult to manage. The most important thing is being genuine in the trust you have in the squad. We are showing we trust all the players.”

Tottenham’s next fixture is a must-win Champions League clash with Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.

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