Spurs could be left to rue the international break after finding momentum with a 3-0 win over Bournemouth in the Premier League.
After the distractions of the FA Cup and Europa League came to an end with defeats to Crystal Palace and Borussia Dortmund respectively, Spurs are now able to focus all their attention on the title.
However, between now and their next game against Liverpool, England have two friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands.
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With Spurs closing the gap on Leicester to five points, Mauricio Pochettino will have been hoping that the Foxes would start feeling the pressure. Instead, they now have time to recoup.
Pochettino will also be concerned about his players getting injured on international duty. Spurs have no less than five players in the England squad; Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Kyle Walker.
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Alli and Kane are already playing on with knocks, and if anything could do with rest over the international break, but Roy Hodgson will be keen to see them in action before deciding on his squad for Euro 2016.
Of course, Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and Danny Drinkwater have also been called up, so they face the same risks.
KEEPING IT TOGETHER
It would have been advantageous to Pochettino to keep his squad together before a testing trip to Anfield on April 2. In fact, it is not even just the England players who will be away, as Spurs boast an array of internationals in their squad.
The Argentine boss is giving nothing away, though, as he insists the break will give the rest of his players, and indeed himself, a chance to relax and think ahead of their crucial run-in.
Spurs must therefore ensure that the pressure of the title race does not get on top of them, and they allow themselves to benefit from a reduced workload now they are no longer playing twice a week because of European commitments.
13 days lie between the Bournemouth game and their trip to Liverpool. With Jurgen Klopp’s side in erratic form, it is difficult to know what kind of side Spurs will have to overcome, but they must expect the Reds to come out fighting. Spurs cannot afford to lose focus now, and will need to put the international break behind them as soon as possible.
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