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'Physically, they demand a lot' - Mauricio previews West Brom

15 October 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

As no doubt fans have noticed, Mauricio Pochettino isn’t one to dwell too much on the past.

Therefore, the only point of reference to our outstanding win against Manchester City a fortnight ago going into today’s Premier League return against West Brom is the need to learn from the performance and take those lessons learned to The Hawthorns.

“For me, that’s in the past,” said Mauricio of the City game. “Now we’re looking forward. It’s important to focus on the game we have ahead.

“We now have seven important games (between now and the next international break) and we need to focus. It’s important we always try to learn and after Manchester City, a great victory for us, we need to learn and show the same quality in the next few games.”

Below: Mauricio speaks to Spurs TV


Respect for Pulis

Mauricio holds a great deal of respect for Baggies boss Tony Pulis, whose team frustrated us with two 1-1 draws last season.

This time around they are in good form and go into this fixture unbeaten in three and with two losses in seven so far.

“It’s always difficult, West Brom will be a tough game, a good, strong team and physically they demand a lot,” said Mauricio. “We need to be focused to compete in this game.”

Different game, same intensity

You’d expect a completely different type of game that we faced against City, and Mauricio added: “Yes, a different style, but tough in the same way.

“It’s always important to be focused. We will try to win the game but it will be difficult, it’s no secret.”

Seven games, 23 days

Today kicks-off a busy spell in three competitions - West Brom, Bayer Leverkusen (Champions League, Tuesday), Bournemouth (PL, October 22), Liverpool (EFL Cup, October 25), Leicester (PL, October 29), Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley (CL, November 2) and finally the first north London derby of the season at Arsenal (November 6).

“It will be a tough month because we play every two or three days,” added Mauricio. “So more than before, we need all the squad fit and all the squad to be ready to compete.”