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Spurs boss Pochettino wants to build on Palace victory at Leicester with settled squad

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 September 2019

Tottenham Hotspur players celebrate as Crystal Palace's Patrick van Aanholt (right) scores an own goal to put them 2-0 up during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.

Tottenham Hotspur players celebrate as Crystal Palace's Patrick van Aanholt (right) scores an own goal to put them 2-0 up during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.

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Tottenham Hotspur face a busy and important spell of seven games in three weeks, starting with a trip to Leicester City this weekend.

Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min (third left) celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min (third left) celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.

Spurs will head to the King Power Stadium for an early kick-off on Saturday (12.30pm) looking to build on their impressive 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last weekend.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino insisted the win will give them a big boost heading into this busy run of fixtures following the international break.

"We all needed it, but now it's to keep pushing," the 47-year-old said.

"This is the first step of the season. With this match we have seven games in 21 days and all are going to have the possibility to play and we are going to rotate in different games.

"That is the most important thing. We are going to give the chance to all the players to play and show their quality and fight for their place."

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Spurs were due to visit Greek side Olympiakos in their first Champions League group stage match last night (Wednesday) so they may opt to rotate the squad slightly for the clash with The Foxes.

But the boss is confident in all games going forward now that transfer speculation surrounding a number of his players, including Danish international Christian Eriksen, defender Jan Vertonghen and right-back Serge Aurier is behind them.

"When the team is unsettled, when the squad is unsettled, it is so difficult to perform in the way you want to perform," he said.

"I'm not complaining or blaming anyone, but it's only that in football it's so easy to describe the situation and the focus wasn't on playing football and it wasn't on trying to improve. The focus wasn't on the places we wanted it and it's not easy to perform.

"Of course, we have quality, enough to win games without focus, but when you are focused it showed in that first-half performance of the team.

"The intensity, the concentration. We know what we need to do and when you are able to do that, the quality we have appears.

"We have tremendous quality in our squad, unbelievable players.

"If we show that intensity in all our games for sure we are going to fight for big things. I am so happy to recover that feeling."

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