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Tottenham’s defeat at the hands of Leicester City has left the club 16 points off the pace of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. Pep Guardiola’s men have dropped just two points this term and appear to be cruising towards the title. It already looks too much for teams within closer distance of the Citizens to overhaul them at the summit, and an even tougher task for Mauricio Pochettino’s men down outside of the top four. The question should be posed – should Tottenham focus their priorities solely on the Champions League?

When the draw for the group stage was made and Spurs were placed alongside Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, few people gave the club a prayer of reaching the next phase of the competition. However, unless something strange occurs against APOEL in their upcoming clash at Wembley, Pochettino’s men will be heading into the knockout round as winners of Group H. Spurs have notched a home win over holders Real Madrid and triumphs at Wembley and on the road against Dortmund. There’s no reason why they could not do the same against the rest of the elite in the Champions League. The club are backed in the , giving them a puncher’s chance if they play to their best until the end of May.

Tottenham have dispelled any notion that they would struggle at Wembley – at least in the Champions League – by hammering Dortmund and Real at home. Pochettino used the attacking prowess of his team to catch the two sides out, with Kane putting the German outfit to the sword, . However, the more impressive aspect of Spurs’ group campaign has been their displays on the road. They held their own against Real, claiming a point at the Bernabeu after taking the lead through a Raphael Varane own goal. The club were even better at Signal Iduna Park, despite going behind to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s strike. Kane and Son Heung-min secured the comeback victory, dropping the strongest signal that Pochettino’s men can compete for the long haul.

Madrid have been the class of Europe for the past two seasons, although in the current campaign they’ve lacked their usual vigour. Dortmund have trailed off after a bright start to the season. , but to achieve the ultimate goal they will have to take their game to new heights. With Kane, Alli and Eriksen there is enough talent to win a one-off match against a truly elite side. The defensive resilience provided by Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld along with Hugo Lloris are capable on their day of halting the best of attacking outlets.

Therefore rather than risking his resources on the Premier League, Pochettino should look to save his players for the European campaign. Paris-Saint Germain, Manchester City and Barcelona all look formidable, but Tottenham have proved that they belong amongst the elite teams on the continent. At the least Spurs should be targeting to match their best performance in the competition when they reached the quarter-finals in the 2010/11 season, and have almost a no-lose situation to go out and create history.

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Tottenham deny reports claiming stadium will be ready only by 2019

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Tottenham have denied claims that our new stadium would not be ready before 2019, according to Sky Sports.

Construction News reported that the stadium would be complete only by the first week of January. The report quoted an insider claiming that Spurs could play their home games at other grounds for the rest of the season.

Speaking to Sky Sports, however, a Tottenham spokesperson said:

“We have always said that we would issue updates for test events and official opening as soon as we have confidence in our project managers’ and contractors’ ability to deliver against the revised scheduled of works.

“This remains the case and speculating on unsupported dates such as this is irresponsible.”

Tottenham haven’t shared a date as to when our home will be ready. The delay in moving to our new stadium has been due to safety concerns. And we will play a number of our Premier League home fixtures at Wembley too.

The report adds that Wembley would be the venue for our Champions League group home games. The Carabao Cup game against Watford would be played at Stadium MK since Wembley is not available for that date.

Read more: “Don’t disrespect the players” – Pochettino unhappy with journalists after 2-1 loss against Inter Milan

Tottenham had earlier set 15th September as the inaugural date but we are no closer to knowing when our home will be ready.

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“Don’t disrespect the players” – Pochettino unhappy with journalists after 2-1 loss against Inter Milan

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Mauricio Pochettino was not in a happy mood after the 2-1 loss to Inter Milan. The Argentine saw Tottenham give away a 1-0 lead and concede in stoppage time to lose their third game in a row.

Pochettino was speaking to the press after the game and was asked about leaving Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier in London.

The manager claimed that journalists had disrespected the players and was quoted by BBC saying:

“Wow, what a question, such an easy question? [It’s] easy to talk about the players that aren’t here. I think we need to talk about football. Because, you know I think you force me to say something that is not good.

“You disrespect the players that showed better qualities than the opponent.”

The Argentine further added that the pair had played in the games against Liverpool and Watford. Pochettino didn’t want the spotlight to fall on the stars who were excluded and insisted that the press could blame him for the team selection.

“You can blame me and say, ‘Gaffer, you were so, so rubbish in your selection of the starting XI’. But please don’t disrespect the players who were playing, because it’s my decision. Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld – we have 25 players.”

The former Southampton manager wanted “respect” for the decision he had taken regarding the XI on the pitch.

The performance wasn’t great from Tottenham but we controlled the game and should have seen it through.

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The loss was shockingly similar to the Watford game, where we threw a lead away. Regardless, the manager must turn things around quickly as we face a tough clash against Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend.

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Pochettino explains the real reason behind leaving out key players for the Inter Milan clash

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Tottenham will be without five players for their Champions League opener against Inter Milan. ESPN reports that Dele Alli, Moussa Sissoko and Hugo Lloris are all out injured.

And Mauricio Pochettino revealed that Toby Alderweireld and Keiran Trippier were left out of the side for technical reasons.

Speaking to the press on Monday, the manager said (h/t ESPN):

“We still have out Hugo Lloris, Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko. They are in London.

“Then a technical decision in London — Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier.”

Trippier and Alderweireld played in the 2-1 loss against Liverpool on Saturday. Pochettino claimed that the players weren’t being punished but were dropped to provide them with some rest.

“It’s a technical decision. You can look it up in the dictionary.

“You are clever enough to understand that … I never punish players. The plan is to leave them there and use different players tomorrow. There’s nothing in behind it.

“We have ahead of a lot of games. We came from difficult circumstances with the World Cup. We have a plan to give different players a rest in all competitions.”

Tottenham have a difficult Champions League group to navigate with Barcelona the other big side to deal with.

Spurs haven’t been convincing in the previous games against Liverpool and Watford with 2-1 losses in both ties. Inter will be a difficult challenge at San Siro and Pochettino must work wonders to field a quality side.

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Not playing Alderweireld and Trippier is a little confusing, given they are two of our best players. But Pochettino knows what he is doing and it will be interesting to see how the match ends tonight.

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