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"Now with the Nations League, global managers can not rest players because it is a proper competition".

Pochettino described the 2-1 defeat at Watford as a "massive wake-up call" and said his side would have to be at their very best to have a chance of emulating last year's result against Juergen Klopp's Reds. How do you prepare a game and not focus on it? That would be amusing!

"I respect all opinions and in football everyone has their opinions", he said.

"That's what we try". I don't know exactly what it means but to focus on one competition can only be if maybe you are already out of the competition almost. "There may be a chance this weekend but we will see according to the progress of the week".

We have to be 100 per cent focused for that.

"It doesn't work like this".

"Sitting in an office talking about football is different to doing the job".

Tottenham Hotspur will be without a few of their stars as they are set to face Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

"Of course we have to [rotate]".

"The drop in quality below them, if there are injuries or playing Wednesday, Saturday, I think it will take its toll".

"It is only the job to do sometimes because we have players that work together that much longer". We have to do that, to rotate.

"A good pre-season should be at least three or four weeks".

"We used the players who had the longest preseason, apart from Bobby [Roberto Firmino] who came pretty late". The plan was - and still is - that he will make us better. This game is bigger for Tottenham than it is for Liverpool - this is a game Spurs can't afford to lose, they've got to have a go especially after what happened at Watford. "But it was more a wake-up for the players, that we can not do it like this".

"I think the back four previous year was Joe Gomez right back, Lovren and Joel Matip in the middle, and Alberto Moreno at left back".

"That's why the expectations and perspective are completely different to another player".

"Firmino has also looked off the pace so far after his exploits with Brazil in the summer and while Mane has scored four goals in his first four Premier League games, he has lacked the consistency we expect from him as well".


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