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Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund: Arsene Wenger SLAMS Mauricio Pochettino over fitness claim


Arsene Wenger has rubbished Mauricio Pochettino’s complaints about Danny Rose’s fitness (Pic: GETTY)

That’s the opinion of legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Spurs boss Pochettino was unhappy with the fixture scheduling ahead of Wednesday’s European matches.

The Lilywhites’ last match was a Sunday lunchtime kick-off against Watford.

However, Dortmund had played 24 hours before, on Saturday.

“Physically it is not a big difference”

Arsene Wenger

And Pochettino clearly felt it was unjust that Lucien Favre’s men had longer to rest and prepare for tonight’s game, suggesting left-back Danny Rose would have recovered in time were they granted the same length of time to recuperate.

“Yes, of course, we are going to be first to have a few days to rest and to recover,” Pochettino said.

“It’s a little bit of a shame, as I explained before, don’t be in the same situation or circumstances as Dortmund.

“And things like, the example is Danny Rose.

“With one day more, maybe he can be available to play but to reduce the time in between both games, Sunday and Wednesday, is nearly impossible.”

However, ex-Arsenal and Monaco boss Wenger, who spent 34 years managing at the top level, played down Pochettino’s complaints, insisting the difference in an extra days rest is minimal.

“Physically (it) is not a big difference,” Wenger said on beIN SPORTS.

“On all the measurements we had through the years, physically is not that different.

“Where the difference is, if you have a knock, for example, on the muscle or on the knee, sometimes 24 more hours can give you that time to get (better).”

Despite having a number of key men unavailable, Wenger believes Pochettino still has a strong contingent to choose from.

“That’s what he wants to say, 24 more hours can get you to recover a player that you need and that you don’t have normally,” Wenger continued.

“But I must say, despite Dele Alli and (Harry) Kane missing, look at the bench of Tottenham, it’s not bad at all.

“You have Trippier, Rose, Lamela, Wanyama, Llorente – they have a big squad.”


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