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Published: 20:58 | 9/3/16

Pochettino unbiased in silverware pursuit

Equal emphasis on Premier and Europa leagues

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says the club are placing equal importance on the Premier League and Europa league in their hunt for silverware this season.

The North London club are well

positioned to end their 55-year wait for a domestic league as they

sit just five points behind leaders Leicester with nine games

remaining, but are also in contention in the Europa League as they

prepare to face Borussia Dortmund in the last 16.

Pochettino says they will place equal emphasis on both competitions, but admits he could juggle his starting eleven for tomorrow night's trip to Germany ahead of the game at Aston Villa on Sunday.

"Always we try to take the better decision and pick the better players for different games," he said.

"I think tomorrow (Thursday) we have a very tough game against Borussia Dortmund and I think the Europa League and Premier League are competitions that are our priority now because we have two competitions.

"But in the same way we are in a period that is tough for the players and sometimes you need to refresh the team and sometimes you need to rotate.

"It is difficult to play every game with the same team and for that, from the beginning of the season, we always spoke about the important thing is to have a big squad and that all the players feel they are important and the starting XI is the best team we can pick to try to win the game.

"There are some similarities between ourselves and Borussia Dortmund. It's exciting for us to play against them.

"We know about Dortmund's goals - they have good players and a great coach. I like the way they play and I think it is a good challenge for us - they are one of the best teams in Europe."


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