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'It will be strange for my dog!' - Poch concerned for pooch ahead of Spurs late kick-off

20:30 GMT+4 02/11/2018
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The north London outfit do not kick-off until 7:45pm local time against Wolves, with the Argentine normally at home relaxing with his pet by then

Mauricio Pochettino has no problems with Tottenham's late kick-off on Saturday, though he is worried how his dog will cope without him!

Tottenham travel to Molineux to face, rather ironically, Wolves this weekend looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League after their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Monday.

The clash is the latest match to take place at 7:45pm GMT (3:45pm ET) in the English top flight, a new initiative from the Premier League.

Fans have questioned the decision due to the travel problems it will cause, but Pochettino just hopes his pet can deal with his absence from their normal Saturday night routine.

"It is similar to when you play [in the] Champions League," he told a media conference. "[But] it is strange because it is on a Saturday.

"At seven o'clock, 7:30 I am [normally] on my sofa with my dog, Sansa, and watching the Spanish league because they start 7:45 or France because Ligue 1 starts at eight o'clock, or Italy or different games. 

"It will be so strange for my dog. Not for me but my dog.

"'Where is my dad?' she is going to say. She is beautiful and I am in love with her."

It is not the first time Pochettino has cited animals in a press conference this season having referred to a cow when discussing his team's experience of playing in the Champions League.

"It’s like a cow that every single day during ten years, sees the train crossing in the front at the same time," he said ahead of their clash with Inter in September.

"And if you ask the cow what time is the train going to come, it’s not going have the right answer. In football it’s the same.

“Experience, yes, of course experience [matters]. But hunger, motivation, circumstance, everything, is so important."

Spurs head into the game fifth in the Premier League table despite recording their best ever points tally after 10 games in the Premier League.