Changes on cards as Spurs seek to turn tables on derby rivals

Sports | 4 Jan 2018

Mauricio Pochettino doesn't believe fatigue will be an issue for Tottenham when they face West Ham in a London derby tomorrow (HK time).

Spurs will host their rivals at Wembley just 48 hours after their 2-0 victory at Swansea, which lifted the visitors above Arsenal into fifth place in the English Premier League.

An opening goal from former Swansea striker Fernando Llorente and a late strike from Dele Alli made it six victories in seven matches for Tottenham in all competitions.

But even if his players have little time for recovery, Pochettino feels it will be the same for both sides, as West Ham also played yesterday, beating West Bromwich Albion 2-1 thanks to an Andy Carroll brace.

"I am not going to complain. We will arrive in the same condition as West Ham," Pochettino said. "It will be difficult for the players. We will need to rest and maybe make some changes to give fresh legs to the team.

"But it will be an opportunity for the other players in the squad ... We need to rest and make good decisions."

Pochettino suggested Harry Kane will be fit to start against Hammers. The England striker had suffered from a cold, but came on in the second half at Swansea.

Spurs lost 3-2 to West Ham in October in the fourth round of the League Cup, after blowing a 2-0 lead.

Pochettino was criticized for fielding a weakened team, but he insisted tomorrow's match isn't about revenge, and he holds no regrets over his team selection.

"In the League Cup, all that starting 11 had played in the Premier League or the Champions League," he said. "[Losing the lead] was the massive mistake ... Now, we need to win to fight for the top four. If we are 2-0 up at half-time, then we need to be clever."

Carroll's stoppage-time secured Hammers' win against second-bottom West Brom at London Stadium, lifting the home side out of the relegation zone.

West Brom are winless in 20 top-flight fixtures.


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