Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino needing to rotate

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said he will continue to rotate his players following a 1-1 draw with Fiorentina in the first leg of their Europa League tie on Thursday.

The draw at White Hart Lane was the first of six games in 17 days for Spurs who are pushing for a top-four finish in the Premier League as well as success in both Europe and the Capital One Cup.

The Lilywhites are currently sixth in the Premier League table and are just three points behind fourth-place Southampton as the race to finish in the Champions League places looks set to go down to the wire.

Pochettino’s men are also in the League Cup final and will take on Chelsea in that competition – just three days after their second leg with Fiorentina, which takes place in Florence next Thursday.

Spurs will go into the second leg in Italy as slight underdogs following their 1-1 draw at home which saw them rest the likes of man-of-the-moment Harry Kane, as well as Ryan Mason and Mousa Dembele.

Pochettino said he will continue to juggle his squad over the coming weeks, believing they have to focus on each game individually and not look too far into the future.

He said: “We are fighting for the Europa League and in the Premier League. We try to focus on the next game and not think too much about the future.

“It’s difficult and we need to rotate, give everyone the possibility to play. It’s not difficult to pick the starting 11, I try to select the best team to win the games.”

Next up for Spurs is a league game with West Ham at White Hart Lane on Sunday. The north London club are 1.78 favourites to win the match with the Hammers available at 4.38. The draw is on offer at 3.57.

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