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“You don’t deserve to be in the Champions League” – Mauricio Pochettino has harsh words after 2-2 draw against PSV Eindhoven

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Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that Tottenham don’t deserve to play in the Champions League after failing to beat PSV Eindhoven.

Spurs were leading 2-1 at the Philips Stadium when Hugo Lloris was sent off in the 79th minute. Luuk de Jong scored the equaliser for the home side and left Mauricio Pochettino’s men with just one point from three games.

Lloris was given a straight red for tackling Hirving Lozano but Pochettino was not going to blame the player.

The manager was asked if that was a turning point in the game and ESPN quoted him as saying:

“I’m not going to blame any player. If someone wants to blame a person, it’s myself to blame because I am responsible for the team.”

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The Argentine added that he didn’t think it was sending off and claimed we weren’t aggressive enough despite dominating the game.

“If you didn’t win following what happened then you don’t deserve to be in the Champions League.

“Today was a game completely dominated by us but we needed to be more aggressive and score more than twice. We had the chances when the game was open, but you can always concede.”

Pochettino believed it would be difficult for Spurs to make it into the next round given our final two fixtures in the group are against Inter Milan and Barcelona.

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The manager will be frustrated with the performance given how good we were for large chunks of the game. Things don’t get easier for Tottenham in the Premier League as we face Manchester City in our next game and play West Ham in the Carabao Cup after that.

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Tottenham face competition from PSG for this 24-year-old Premier League defender

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Tottenham face additional competition for the signing of Manchester United defender Eric Bailly, according to the Daily Mail (h/t Express).

The United defender has been linked with a move to Spurs (h/t Express), however, the report claims that Paris Saint-Germain want to sign the 24-year-old.

The Ivorian hasn’t seen much playing time for United this season with only four starts to his name. His last game for the club was the 3-2 win over Newcastle United which came over a month ago.

The defender could be a quality addition to the side but Mauricio Pochettino has to work with Bailly to get the best out of him.

It has been a sapping time for the 24-year-old at United and the report adds that Spurs were tipped to sign the player having not signed anyone in the summer window.

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The report adds that the United chiefs are set to meet to discuss the Ivorian’s situation. It will be interesting to see if United are willing to let go of the player, especially to a Premier League rival.

Tottenham are five points behind Manchester City after 12 games and face Chelsea one we return to Premier League action in a week’s time.

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Pochettino has done a great job with the same set of players from last season, but we need to add some fresh faces to develop the team.

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Mauricio Pochettino pictured at Barcelona watching youth game during break

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was busy during the international break as he was pictured watching a Barca B game recently.

Our next game is against Chelsea after the break is over, but it seems Pochettino wanted to keep an eye out for future talents from the Catalan side.

A report from Sky Sports adds that the gaffer and his coaching staff, Toni Jimenez and Jesus Perez, would be travelling to Barcelona for a conference to represent the Catalan Football Federation.

The Argentine was quoted (h/t Sky Sports) saying:

“The Catalan Federation asked us to go there and talk with the Catalan coaches, and I think it is a great opportunity to share, and explain how the Premier League is and Tottenham.”

Spanish reports (h/t Sky Sports) claim Pochettino could have been at the game to scout some Barcelona players.

Sky Sports adds that Spurs were interested in Barca B star Riqui Puig, who did play in the match Pochettino saw.

The manager knows the Spanish league well from his time at Espanyol, and given the history between Barcelona and his former employers, it will be interesting to see if we do snap someone up from the Catalan giants.

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Spurs didn’t sign any players in the summer window and our winter activity could decide if we go on to win a trophy or not this season.

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“It is definitely possible” – Harry Kane believes he can break this record for England

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane has Wayne Rooney’s record in sight as England prepare to face Croatia during the international break.

The former Manchester United striker played his last England game in our 3-0 win over the United States. Rooney ended his international career with 53 goals from 120 games.

Kane, for his part, has 19 goals for the Three Lions and was asked if he could break Rooney’s scoring record (h/t BT Sport).

“It is definitely possible.

“It is still a fair bit away, I don’t like to set my targets that far ahead in the future because a lot can happen.

“We will see over the years how many goals I have got. Hopefully I will still be fit and healthy and getting selected by the manager.

“It is achievable but not something I’m thinking about too much right now.”

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The clash against Croatia would be a repeat of the World Cup semi which England lost. A win over the Croatians would send England into the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League but the away side will come with a lot of confidence.

Croatia defeated Spain in their last game, and Gareth Southgate has to be wary of the threat from the away side.

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Kane will be one of the key players in this clash, and hopefully, he will score a few goals at Wembley.

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