Tottenham assistant Freund bemoans timing of international break

The German feels the World Cup qualifiers fell during the worst possible period as the club look to arrest the slide against Swansea this weekend following three straight defeats
Tottenham coach Steffen Freund has revealed that the club have been left frustrated by the timing of the international break as the north London outfit look to bounce back from three consecutive defeats.

With the race for the top four heating up between themselves and rivals Arsenal, Freund is acutely aware of how a break after such a string of results can have a detrimental effect.

In an interview with Absolute Radio, Freund said: "For the moment ask me after the Swansea game. It’s difficult to say because we are proud to have a lot of players involved for the national teams, especially for England. Five for the under 21s, five for the national team.

"That’s great news for the club but of course sometimes you are unhappy because we didn’t play well the last few games, we lost three games in a row now and then normally you like to bounce back and you like to play next game."

Part of Freund's thinking may be due to the difficult run-in Spurs face, starting with a tricky trip to Swansea on Saturday.

The German coach is under no illusions as to the task his side face to secure a much-needed three points and believes Spurs will need to take control of the ball at the Liberty Stadium.

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"It is really important because Swansea is a similar team, they like to have possession," said Freund. "They like to keep the ball, they are really skilful on the ball and that’s why it will be really important to for us to keep the ball and create good chances because it will be a really difficult game.

"They have quick wingers like Dyer or Routledge or Pablo and they have a natural goalscorer in Michu in the middle of the park with 15 goals so far this season.

"We know everything about the team and we know it will be difficult and we have to stop the counterattacks of course."