Pochettino gives Spurs squad Christmas off!

Mauricio Pochettino is rewarding his resurgent stars with the gift of more time with their loved ones this Christmas.

The Tottenham boss was delighted after his players beat Burnley 2-1 on Sunday to record their third win from their last four Premier League games and move within a point of the top four.


They were given Monday and Tuesday off and will now also be allowed to enjoy Christmas Day with their families, instead of going in to Spurs’ Enfield HQ to prepare for their trip to Southampton next Wednesday night.

A number of the players will be flying relatives in to enjoy the festive season together in London.

Midfielder Victor Wanyama, set to face his previous club for the first time since his summer move when Spurs do return to action, said: “My family is travelling over from Kenya, so I will spend time with them.

“This is actually the first time that I’ll be having my family visiting me in England over Christmas.

“In recent years, when I played for Southampton, I’ve been invited to a friend’s house and had matches to prepare for. But it will be great to spend time with my family this year.”

Striker Vincent Janssen said: “My family is coming over from Holland so we will have a nice day, play some games, watch some movies and spend some quality time together.”

Winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and midfielder Moussa Sissoko also intend to entertain family from France.

Tottenham’s improved form comes after a nightmare run of just one win in ten games in all competitions saw them tumble out of the Champions League after the group phase and away from the top four.

But captain Hugo Lloris revealed they are preparing to recharge their batteries ahead of sustained push for the title and trophies during the second half of the season.

The France keeper said: “We need to get the right balance between resting and recovering, especially mentally, and then to work hard and get fitter and stronger for the next few games.

“We have two days off so we can enjoy it with family and rest a bit of the mind. The last few games have been tough with lots of games in midweek. We have done well and we can be pleased with our results.

Lloris, meanwhile, also believes Danny Rose and Kyle Walker are establishing themselves as two of the best full-backs in the world .

Rose capped a Man of the Match display with the winner in the 2-1 win over Burnley. Walker set up the goal with which Dele Alli had earlier cancelled out the Clarets’ shock opener.

Rose and Walker, both 26, have established themselves as important members of the England squad and France captain Lloris believes they will go on to have long international careers.

He went on: “They are still young. There are still some good players in front of them but if they keep working hard I would not be surprised if they had a great international career and they will help the club achieve great things as well.

“I feel they are very committed to the team. They have been in the club for a while and you can see that on the pitch. The way they play, the way they run, they can feel it.”

(Daily Mirror)

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