Spurs could be without 9 1st teamers for the opening 2 games of season

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Mauricio Pochettino is planning to be without NINE first-teamers for Tottenham’s opening TWO Premier League matches.
The Spurs boss concedes it is “almost impossible” for his stars who made the World Cup semi-finals to be fit in time.

Source: Sun
 

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Easy make them play and then say they are all injured for the first international break and let them get the extra rest then
 

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Not a bad idea. Bite the bullet for two games and not risk having long term injuries and fatigue later on. Also a chance to see if the kids can handle Newcastle and Fulham, not exactly top notch teams, though on their day, could cause problems.
 

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realistically Dier Rose and dembele should all be able to start as they did not play much in the world cup. Kane verts and hugo will all probably play or be on bench. only dele tripps and toby likely not to be in squad
 
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Id much prefer them miss two games now rather than breaking down and out for two months before Christmas. Those players are too important.

Out of interest, How much did Kompany play in Belgium's games. He was back as a sub for City yesterday?
 

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Id much prefer them miss two games now rather than breaking down and out for two months before Christmas. Those players are too important.

Out of interest, How much did Kompany play in Belgium's games. He was back as a sub for City yesterday?

Stones and Walker both started
 
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Stones and Walker both started
Walker looked full of running too. Was up at the LW corner flag at one point. No hangover there.

Was just thinking about Kompany involvement especially with his injury history.

Poch's high press slightly different though I guess.
 

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Walker looked full of running too. Was up at the LW corner flag at one point. No hangover there.

Was just thinking about Kompany involvement especially with his injury history.

Poch's high press slightly different though I guess.
I think Dele could be the one to watch though he was not fit at the WC and could see that!
 

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I dont think even Poch could stop Kane playing first game of the season, he has an award he wants back.
 

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I think that with the WC, the problem will be fatigue later on in the season. Teams that use a pressing game may suffer.
 

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Sums up the mentality of man city and their players compared to ours.

They came back early off their own back, ready to start the first game of the season, likely because of the strong squad competition too
 

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Not a bad idea. Bite the bullet for two games and not risk having long term injuries and fatigue later on. Also a chance to see if the kids can handle Newcastle and Fulham, not exactly top notch teams, though on their day, could cause problems.
I like what you're saying, it's written into our clubs DNA. Will be interesting to see if Poch has the balls to go through with it. We all know how the media can blow "poor starts" out of proportion. Considering the intensity of the season ahead I'd be worried if we start anyone that has has not had a decent rest. Rather 2 drawn games up front than running out of steam 6 weeks before the season is over.
 
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