We’ll be ready! Pochettino hails Tottenham fitness work ahead of trip to Arsenal

first_img Tottenham celebrate Mauricio Pochettino insists fitness won’t be a problem for Tottenham against Arsenal.The short trip to the Emirates on Sunday will be Spurs’ third game in less than a week, but Pochettino has no doubts that his squad can deal with the workload.They have certainly coped well so far, following up Monday’s 3-1 win over with Aston Villa in the Premier League by beating Anderlecht 2-1 in the Europa League on Thursday night.“It’s not because we have a young squad that we run a lot and we now win the games,” Pochettino said.“It’s about the way we’re training. This is our sports science and our medical staff who deserve to have their job recognised.“When you have to push the players every day, it is hard for the players and you can be proud of how they recovered for (the game against Anderlecht).“It is not a miracle. It is hard work from the beginning of the season.”The contest at White Hart Lane looked to be heading for a 1-1 draw when Harry Kane’s first-half strike was cancelled out by Imoh Ezekiel but Dembele came off the bench to score a stunning winner in the 87th minute.Dembele expressed disappointment earlier this year at his lack of game-time at White Hart Lane but the midfielder appears to have won over Pochettino, having started all of Tottenham’s last four matches and scored three times in the process.“If we analyse him last season, part of the season he was injured,” Pochettino said.“I think Dembele from the beginning of this season, every time he was available he had the possibility to play.“Always it’s up to the player. If the player shows he deserves to play, it’s easy for them.“I am very pleased with him. He got injured against Everton and had some problems with his foot but today he was very important for us.” 1last_img

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