Rejuvenated Spurs all set for two tough away days
PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 February 2019
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Burnley, who are unbeaten in the Premier League in 2019, will pose a tough test for the Lilywhites
Tottenham Hotspur players have enjoyed some rare downtime of late after a hectic finish to 2018 and start to the new year.
It means Spurs should be raring to go when they take on Burnley this Saturday for a 12.30pm start in the Premier League.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side face another busy two weeks and this will be a crunch period in their season, but they at least go into it after some much-needed rest.
The last game the Lilywhites played was at home to Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16 first leg in the Champions League on February 13.
Interestingly it was the 11th match Tottenham had played in 2019 despite the year being only six weeks old by then.
Even before the 3-0 triumph at Wembley Stadium, Pochettino had decided his players would get last weekend off, but the win ensured they went away on a high.
Indeed, Spurs results since they excited two cup competitions in the space of a few days in January have been fantastic and allowed them to remain in the title race.
They also look odds-on to reach the quarter-finals of the Europe’s elite competition and the positive news continued earlier this week.
Harry Kane took part in first-team training on Monday and he should now be part of the squad to do battle with Burnley.
After suffering ankle ligament damage on January 13, initially he was expected to miss two months, but like usual he has come back a lot earlier than expected.
Kane’s return is especially key with Spurs’ squad set to be tested over the next week with a clash at Chelsea coming up on Wednesday, February 27 too.
First things first Tottenham go head-to-head with Sean Dyche’s men, who have improved a huge amount since a slow first half of the campaign.
Spurs saw off Burnley 1-0 with a 90th-minute goal from Christian Eriksen on December 15, but the Clarets are now in top form.
They haven’t lost in the division in 2019 and have won four of their last seven league games, but they remain just three points above the bottom three.
It means the Lancashire outfit still desperately need the points and will be gunning for revenge on Tottenham after their late, late show at Wembley.
Spurs’ recent record against the Clarets is strong, though, as they have won six of the previous nine matches with Burnley since they returned to the top flight in 2014.