Mauricio Pochettino Embraces Challenge: Views Man City showdown as important Test Before Cup Final

Pochettino Embraces Challenge: Views Man City Clash as Crucial Test Before Cup Final

Speaking after the win on Monday night, Mauricio Pochettino called this weekend’s game against Man City a “good test” for his team as part of their preparation for their EFL Cup final against Liverpool later this month.

It’s interesting to see how quickly things change. Back when we were competing for titles it would have been unthinkable to use any league game as a warmup for a league cup game – even the final. Every points counts for so much when you’re battling for the top 4 or the title.

But this is the new reality – and he’s right, winning that cup matters more than one league game, given we’re not competing for much on that front anymore. We can afford to drop points – especially in the hardest game of the season anyway – and the final is what this season looks likely to hinge on in hindsight.

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