Rose optimistic Tottenham will hit form like they always do during this period
PUBLISHED: 12:30 18 October 2018
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Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs are set to play seven important matches during the next three weeks
Tottenham Hotspur are getting ready for a gruelling fixture list between now and the next international break in November, but defender Danny Rose has warned rivals not to underestimate them.
Spurs are set to play seven games in all competitions between October 20 and November 10 and every one looks tricky on paper.
Mauricio Pochettino takes his team to West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday, and after the derby, they will visit PSV on Wednesday (October 24) for a Champions League Group B tie.
The Lilywhites will then brace themselves to host Manchester City, travel to West Ham again in the League Cup, make the trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers, entertain PSV and finish it off away to Crystal Palace – all between October 29 and November 10.
Pochettino will see most of his squad jet off for international matches after the clash at Selhurst Park, but Rose is in a buoyant mood.
Speaking after the 1-0 victory at home to Cardiff City on October 6, the 28-year-old said: “I do think we’re great team.
“Obviously winning ugly is a great sign and I’d rather win ugly than lose playing brilliant football because right now points are all that matters.
“Hopefully the performances will come and I have said before history says under this manager October, November and December is when we’re very strong.”
Rose is spot-on with his views as last season Spurs kicked on in the aforementioned months after a slow start to the campaign.
Tottenham won seven of the 13 league games they played during October, November and December in 2017 and while they lost at Man United, City and Arsenal, they did take four points off Champions League holders Real Madrid in the same period and also win 2-1 at Borussia Dortmund.
Rose made his comeback from a long-term knee injury this time last year and although he had to miss two recent England games, his thigh injury isn’t thought to be anything too serious.
Spurs were without Dele Alli (hamstring), Christian Eriksen (abdominal) and Mousa Dembele (thigh) for the win over Cardiff, but all three should return soon.
“It literally is just a matter of time,” Rose said, regarding when Tottenham will start producing a string of good performances.
“It doesn’t help that we have a lot of injuries at the minute, so it’s hard for people to get a run in the team.
“Once we get a few more of our injured players back and get a consistent team out I’m more than confident the performances will come.”
If Rose can shake off his thigh injury, he will hope to help Spurs make it four league wins in a row with a derby victory over West Ham this weekend.