Tottenham Hotspur have fixtures coming thick and fast, with the Premier League’s only unbeaten team facing Liverpool in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men are showing all the hallmarks of a team that can put forward a title challenge but one of the main issues the Argentine trainer has is balancing his priorities.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 23, 2016
A 0-0 draw at Bournemouth keeps the North London outfit in amongst the Premier League’s frontrunners, while a draw by the same scoreline against Bayer Leverkusen ensures the English team’s Champions League fate is in their own hands.
However, despite the White Hart Lane squad being one of the fittest in the top flight, the risk of players burning out is something Pochettino should be wary off.
Although the potential for a cup run would be a positive experience, the tournament must be secondary in importance to the other competitions Spurs are challenging in.
While Liverpool have no European competition to worry about, Tottenham will exert themselves on the continent, which could take away from their domestic efforts.
Spurs have an excellent youth system and a bigger squad this season – Pochettino should make use of it.
Even if Tottenham are eliminated from the EFL Cup, it could well be a blessing in disguise as the London side have bigger fish to fry in 2016-17.