Mauricio Pochettino was pleased with Spurs’ 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday, but confessed his injury worries heading into the international break.
Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm, Toby Alderweireld and Dele Alli were all ruled out, whilst Harry Kane and Harry Winks both exited proceedings early with injury worries.
The injuries meant the Spurs manager pleaded with Gareth Southgate post-match to be considerate when he picks his three lions squad for the upcoming friendlies.
Despite the injuries, the Argentine was pleased with his side’s fight and effort in securing three points.
“In football you must fight every day,” Pochettino told the press afterwards.
“We knew after Real on Wednesday it was a massive challenge for us to be ready and fresh. I am very pleased. The effort was fantastic.
“We’re focusing on our injuries and problems. The most important thing is maybe that the England national team understand the situation with our players.
“That is the competition. You cannot do too much only have a good relationship with the national team.”
Despite there rightly being worries about Kane, Pochettino helped ease fans anxieties, suggesting there is no long-term worries.
“He’s ok. I think he’s ok. Sure he’ll make the national team. Trust that he’s going well.”
Winks has been a revelation for Spurs so far this season, but his injury may put his chances of featuring for England next weekend at risk.
“He twisted his ankle in the first half. It’s a little bit painful and we must assess him and the England staff as well. He’s so excited about England.” Poch said.
Spurs’ first-choice ‘keeper Lloris was ruled out after suffering an injury in the game against Real Madrid in mid-week, whilst their second-choice shotstopper in Vorm missed out after twisting his knee in training on Saturday night.
The injuries gave Paulo Gazzaniga the chance to impress, and he did just that, pulling off vital saves throughout the game.
“His debut was fantastic,” Pochettino said of his third-choice goalkeeper.
“Our goalkeeping coach Toni Jiminez deserves credit as well for working with him and the younger players like Alfie on the bench. I was very happy with him.”