‘Tottenham will not be distracted by League Cup final’, insists Pochettino ahead of Fiorentina tie

first_img Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists the upcoming League Cup final will not distract his side when they face Fiorentina in the Europa League on Thursday.The next few days have the potential to decide whether the Argentine’s first season at the White Hart Lane helm is deemed a success or failure.Sunday offers the mouth-watering prospect of silverware in the Capital One Cup final, when victory against London rivals Chelsea would end a seven-year wait for a trophy.Before the Wembley showdown, though, comes another important match as Spurs take on Serie A high-fliers Fiorentina for a place in the Europa League last-16.A 1-1 draw in the first leg means the north Londoners face a tough challenge at the Stadio Artemio Franchi – a match which has Pochettino’s full attention, describing it as merely their “first final”.“The problem is the decision that you take is always about the result that you get,” the Spurs boss said when asked about rotating his side in Florence.“If tomorrow you make the rotation and after on Sunday you win, you are a genius.“Sunday you may rest some players and play others and win against Chelsea in final – you’re a genius.“But if you lose tomorrow and lost in the final, you are a very bad manager, a very bad coach. I think it’s not fair.“The most important thing is to be clear, analyse and to identify that tomorrow is our first final.“We need to decide the team after we analyse every case and every player.“After, the players we play tomorrow is because they are in full recovery and fully fit.“But if you take one decision or another decision, after it’s about result. If you take a positive result, it’s the same. I’m the same manager, the same coach.“But when you take a decision sometimes you are right or wrong, but this is all football.“We take the decision to try to win tomorrow, for trying to play better than Fiorentina and after, analyse the game and try to put the best team out for the final on Sunday.”Spurs have brought a full-strength side to Italy, although it does not include Emmanuel Adebayor, Etienne Capoue or captain Younes Kaboul. 1last_img

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