Pochettino on Man City vs Spurs: “It’s going to be tough.”

It will be a ‘completely different game’ when Manchester City host Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday, according to Mauricio Pochettino.

The Lilywhites travel to Manchester three days after their epic Champions League clash at the Etihad, and the spurs manager is expecting his players to be competitive again against Pep Guardiola’s Citizens this weekend. 

Spurs lost 4-3 on Wednesday amid an incredible evening of VAR-fuelled drama, as Fernando Llorente's 73rd-minute goal ensured a 4-4 aggregate scoreline and progress to face Dutch club Ajax in the semi-final on the away goals rule.

“The Premier League is different and we are fighting for different things,” said Mauricio as the club’s official website published. “Manchester City are trying to win the Premier League and for us, it’s so important to be in the top four for next season.

“We need to assess the players and need to be sure we are going there competing with fresh legs with the possibility to fight and challenge them again. That’s why we’re working so hard now to try to assess the players in the right way and try to mix players who can be competitive and have the possibility to win.

“City have an unbelievable squad, they can change and rotate the starting 11 and keep the same level on the pitch. With all the circumstances and some injuries, maybe we need to think about playing with younger players, not without experience, but with plenty of energy and keeping the same ideas - to be brave and try to compete.

“It’s going to be tough but we need to think about recovery and try to design the best strategy to try to be competitive.”

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