Tottenham Hotspur risk missing out on the top four this season if Mauricio Pochettino mismanages his weary squad.
The north Londoners have made a good start to the new season, picking up nine points from a possible 12.
Last time out they lost to Watford which will have been a disappointment, although Javi Gracia’s side look like a new animal this term so far.
This weekend Spurs host Liverpool at Wembley, which could see them drop points again.
The Reds have a perfect record in the Premier League so far; winning every game while conceding just one along the way.
Jurgen Klopp’s team, in theory, will be Spurs’ toughest opponents of the new campaign so far.
Tottenham to burn out?
There’s a chance Spurs could miss out on the Champions League places this season due to possible burnouts of first-team players.
The majority of their starting XI have played a lot of football in the space of the last year and it could really start to affect them as the season wears on.
Spurs had a lot of players on show at the World Cup.
Their England contingent obviously reached the semi-final, and players like Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris also went quite far (the furthest distance possible in the case of the latter).
Then Heung-min Son has just arrived back from Asian Games duty with South Korea, meaning he could well feel the effects of fatigue soon.
A long season
Spurs are competing on four fronts this term and it could be a gruelling campaign.
Added to this, the fact that the club signed no new and, specifically, fresh players in the summer, and it’s even harder to see how they’ll keep up with their Premier League rivals.
The likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli are already showing signs of jadedness post-Russia.
Pochettino really does have a job on his hands this year, especially with the lack of stability regarding the new stadium, too.