SAN DIEGO: Mauricio Pochettino insists he will “adapt” to the loss of Tottenham’s World Cup absentees, despite the impact on the club’s preparations for the new Premier League campaign.
Spurs thrashed Roma 4-1 in their opening game in the International Champions Cup pre-season tournament on Wednesday after doubles from Fernando Llorente and Lucas Moura earned Pochettino’s side a comfortable win in San Diego.
But while World Cup trio Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-Min and Davinson Sanchez all played a part, there were a host of big names missing from Spurs’ ranks, including Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli after they have been given extra time off for their exploits in Russia.
Spurs had nine players represented among the four World Cup semi-finalists, but while that group may struggle to feature in their Premier League opener at Newcastle on August 11, boss Pochettino is focusing on those who are definitely available.
“It’s different circumstances [this summer] because the [World Cup] players need to rest and a period to recover after more than 12 months of competition,” said Pochettino. “I’m not complaining about that. I completely understand that they need 21 days away from football.”
The Argentine admitted things won’t be easy though. “Of course, it’s a massive disadvantage because to prepare the season in that way will be tough for them. But I need to adapt,” he said. “We cannot delete the start of the season. It starts earlier than other leagues and other countries. We are going to be all in a similar condition. Some teams have more problems than others.”
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