Mauricio Pochettino
Pochettino faces a selection dilemma ahead of the double-header.Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino remains coy over his team selection for both the Europa League last 32 second leg against Fiorentina and the League Cup final against Chelsea.

The trip to Florence comes less than 72 hours before the showcase Wembley final and leaves the Argentine boss with a selection dilemma, with both matches of significant importance.

After drawing 1-1 in the first leg at White Hart Lane, Tottenham travel to the Serie A club knowing they have to score at least once to progress to the last 16 in a competition which represents passage directly into the Champions League for the eventual winner.

On Sunday, Spurs have the chance to capture their first major trophy for seven years when they face Premier League leaders Chelsea at Wembley, but the implications behind both games leaves Pochettino with a selection quandary given the close proximity of the matches.

Top scorer Harry Kane, Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele were all left out from the start for the visit of Fiorentina seven days ago and though the trio have travelled for the return fixture, Pochettino could yet adopt a conservative approach.

"The problem is that the decision always becomes about the result you get," he said in his pre-match press conference.

"If tomorrow I rotate and then we win on Sunday I'm a genius. I may rest some players and play others and win against Chelsea in the final. But if we lose [on Thursday] and lose in the final, I am a very bad manager and I don't think that's fair.

"When you take a decision, sometimes you are right or wrong – this is all football. But afterwards I'm still the same manager; the same coach.

"The most important thing is to be clear; to analyse and identify that tomorrow is our first final. We need to decide the team after we analyse every case and every player and then afterwards it's about who is in full recovery and fully fit.

"We will try to win tomorrow and play better than Fiorentina and, after, analyse the game and try to put the best team out for the final on Sunday."

Given the quick turnaround Tottenham face in order to be ready to face Chelsea, who will be without the suspended Nemanja Matic this weekend, the team will remain in Florence an extra day to train before returning to London.

"It is a very busy period," the Tottenham boss added. "It is difficult to recover the players so we decided to stay here in Florence after the game.

"We will train here before flying back to London. I think it is very important to sleep well after the game, to eat well and to recover.

"On Sunday is another final so for that we need to provide our players with all the best things to arrive fresh on Sunday."