Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has warned the club’s Premier League rivals that his side will be more competitive after Christmas and believes his summer signings will have bedded in and be set to play a key role.
Spurs are back to winning ways in the Premier League after the emphatic 5-1 victory over Stoke at Wembley on Saturday brought an end to their four-match winless run.
Pochettino’s side travel to the AMEX Stadium to face newly-promoted Brighton tonight, with their top-four rivals Liverpool and Arsenal also in action this evening.
The Spurs boss feels his side will be more competitive in the New Year, with Victor Wanyama back in training and Erik Lamela almost back to full fitness after missing 13 months through injury.
“The second half of the season, with all the squad fit and all together, we will be more competitive,” said Pochettino, as quoted by the Evening Standard.
A more relaxed festive scheduled is followed by three games in the space of five days at the start of January, with Premier League matches against Swansea and West Ham United followed by an FA Cup third round tie with AFC Wimbledon.
Pochettino feels his summer signings – the likes of Fernando Llorente, Serge Aurier, Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth – will play a key role and is looking forward to introducing new concepts to them to help improve the team.
“We are going to have the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League and we need to be competitive and strong.
“It will be key for us to work with the new players, to introduce things we need to improve the team.
“It’s important for the new players to be more comfortable here, to know everything, to adapt their quality to the team.”
Spurs go into tonight’s Premier League clash with Brighton two points behind fifth-placed Liverpool, who face relegation-threatened at Anfield.
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