Liverpool v Spurs - Mauricio's preview
Sat 03 February 2018, 13:45|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino has explained how the players prepare between this week’s blockbuster matches against Manchester United and Liverpool.
It was a magnificent, all-energy, all-action display to dominate United at Wembley on Wednesday night as goals from Christian Eriksen and an own goal saw us home 2-0. It could have been many more, underlined by a final shot count of 22-6 in our favour.
Four days later - on Sunday - and the players will go again at Anfield.
How do they reach those levels again in such a short space of time?
“Rest, videos and not too much training,” said Mauricio on Friday.
“For the players who played on Wednesday night it’s normal that you need to rest them and then give them a good training session to be available again and feel strong.
“For the players not involved, work a little more and try to get everyone to the same level for Sunday.
“Then we assess the players, pick the best starting 11, be right in that decision and try to win.”
This is where the base fitness developed in pre-season comes into play. “A good preparation in the summer allows you to recover better, have the possibility to be stronger after a few days and have the capacity to play.
“Of course, during the season, you need to train hard, to give your best and to be right in all your decisions - when you push or not push too much.
“That is why we work so hard not only on the pitch but off the pitch to assess and create dynamics that help the team to be strong for every competition and every game.”
As for Sunday’s clash at Anfield, we travel to Merseyside with the opportunity to climb above the Reds with a victory.
“It’s always tough, always a special atmosphere and for me, Liverpool have one of the best squads in England and Europe,” added Mauricio.
“They have amazing players, manager and coaching staff and they are so competitive. We need to enjoy it but at the same time we need to be strong and try to replicate the same level of performance.
“It’s a big game like Manchester United, Arsenal…every Premier League game is big. The level of the opponent is massive and it’s important because it’s about the race for the top four - like it was against United - and so important to take the three points.”