Tottenham faces an incredibly busy run of games in the next five days. The run begins with a Carabao Cup tie against Chelsea. That is then followed by a Europa League play-off match against Maccabi Haifa.
The run comes to an end on Sunday with a Premier League trip to Manchester United. Of course, it should also be remembered that Spurs were in action against Newcastle on Sunday, in a game that ended in a 1-1 draw.
Now Jose Mourinho has some interesting decisions to make. Which fixtures will be prioritise this week?
Most important game may be league game
If you have to make a guess, then the most important game will be the league game against Manchester United.
The second most important will be the Europa League game, and the league important will be the Carabao Cup game.
You would have to think that even if there wasn’t a fixture pile-up that Spurs’ priority at the moment would be the league, followed by Europe and followed by domestic cups.
Spurs will most likely play a very weakened time against Chelsea. It will be a good opportunity for Tottenham’s squad players and maybe those who have just returned from injury to have a game.
Who will feature in European match?
Then for the game against Macabbi Haifa you would imagine that the likes of Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris, maybe with some squad players.
For the trip to Old Trafford, Spurs will no doubt play their strongest team. Everybody knows that this season is much different compared to those in previous years.
Teams will be playing far more frequently than they have been in previous years. Therefore, perhaps some teams might not feel that fussed about losing in the Carabao Cup for example.
Look at Leicester City. They exited the Carabao Cup, and it hasn’t stopped them from going from strength to strength.
When we see Spurs’ team sheet against Chelsea on Tuesday night then it will become clear just what competition is favoured the least by Spurs and Jose Mourinho over the next week.
Mourinho will no doubt be pleased that there is an international break after the Manchester United game, but for most of the players they will be games to be played for the national team. Therefore, their breaks will be limited.
Who knows, maybe Spurs will defeat Chelsea in the Carabao Cup and start a busy week in style. It seems unlikely though.