Pochettino may rotate for West Brom visit

LONDON • Tottenham go into today's Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion on a high after dismantling leaders Manchester City 2-0 before the international break.

The London club could easily go top of the table today, but manager Mauricio Pochettino is more concerned about juggling his resources as the visit to West Brom is the first of seven games in 23 days for Tottenham.

The Argentinian made it clear on Thursday that his new priority is to lift the energy levels of his players who have had a hard time on international duty.

"The City win was fantastic," he said. "If you compete (again) after three days, and Manchester City was the first game in a run of seven, fantastic because that is a big, big boost. But it was at the end.

"Then the players go away. And now they come, like Christian (Eriksen) is coming back very disappointed with the last result or the England players. Now our job is to be more than coaches, to be psychologists too."

After West Brom, Tottenham face Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League. Then they play Bournemouth away in the Premier League, Liverpool away in the League Cup, before facing Leicester, Leverkusen again and then the big one, Arsenal at the Emirates, before the next international break.

West Brom enter the game on a three-match unbeaten run and with record signing Nacer Chadli, who moved from White Hart Lane in the close-season, in excellent form after scoring three times in his first four appearances.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 15, 2016, with the headline 'Pochettino may rotate for West Brom visit'. Print Edition | Subscribe