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“I completely understand the situation” – Pochettino unworried about low Tottenham supporters turnout against Southampton

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino understood why some fans didn’t attend our 3-1 win over Southampton.

The Mirror reports that only 33,012 supporters turned up at Wembley for the midweek fixture. This is the lowest turnout for Tottenham for a league game, as per the report, while they have not been able to play at their home.

Pochettino’s men raced to a 3-0 lead before Southampton pulled a goal back, but his former side had some chances as they hit the woodwork thrice.

The manager was pleased with the performance and was happy we were back in the Champions League spots.

The Argentine was quoted (h/t Mirror) saying:

“I think it was an important three points. Tough evening, not easy to play after the week we’ve had and I’m so happy because we are back in the top four places.

“It was a strange game, when it went to 3-0 and maybe we started to think the game was over and of course maybe Lloris was man of the match because he made good saves.”

Tottenham players celebrate against Southampton

The manager added that he understood that the fans were a bit down after the defeat to Arsenal and travelling to Wembley was also going to be tough.

“Of course it was a difficult evening for the players but also for the fans and sometimes we need to find the motivation.

“After the defeat at Arsenal, you understand the disappointment of the fans and it’s tough getting to Wembley so I completely understand the situation. I understand why Wembley was not great.”

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Our fans won’t have to travel to Wembley for the next two games though. Tottenham’s next clash is against Leicester City at the King Power stadium before we take on Barcelona in our do-or-die Champions League tie.

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“No he doesn’t”: Mourinho gives a big hint on whether this Tottenham star will start vs Wolves

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Giovani Lo Celso to be dropped from the starting XI against Wolves

According to Mirror, Giovani Lo Celso is all set to miss out on the Tottenham Hotspur starting XI for the Premier League clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers this Sunday at the Molineaux.

The 23-year-old midfielder on loan from Real Betis has failed to impress so far and finds himself down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho, while speaking ahead of the game, said:

“Our squad is not a big squad in numbers, and he will start for sure because it’s impossible to play all the time with the same players,”.

“I couldn’t hide from you that we have a few players one step ahead because of performance. So you want to be objective and asks if he starts Sunday, no he doesn’t.”

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Giovani Lo Celso with Mauricio Pochettino (L) against Red Star Belgrade (Image credit: Getty)

Lo Celso did himself no favours with the performance against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Although he showed glimpses of his skills, it lacked the effect or consistency to affect the game positively.

Other Midfielders such as Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko have also stepped up their game further, pushing Lo Celso down the pecking order, an observation not lost on the manager.

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With Tottenham set to play 6 games in the next 3 weeks, Mourinho will be pressed to rotate his players to account for fatigue and will invariably have to call upon Lo Celso at some point in the run-in.

Giovani Lo Celso has made 8 appearances for Tottenham in the English Premier League, of which 7 were as a substitute. He has scored 1 goal.

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“I am good where I am” – Former Premier League star rules out moving to Tottenham

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Marouane Fellaini won’t be moving to Tottenham in January

Former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has turned down the chance to join Tottenham in January.

The 32-year-old joined Shandong Luneng from United and has impressed in his first season. The lanky Belgian has seven goals and four assists from 22 games but has been linked with Spurs (h/t Evening Standard).

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Marouane Fellaini has played for Everton and Manchester United in the past (Image credit: Getty)

Fellaini has a deal for another two years with the Chinese club and told Eleven Sports that he is in contact with Jose Mourinho (h/t Evening Standard):

“Jose is special for me.

“We text each other, we call each other from time to time.”

However, the Belgian claimed he was happy at Luneng and wished Mourinho the best:

“He’s taken over at Spurs and he’s doing well. I wish him all the best, but I am good where I am now.”

Spurs don’t have a lot of money to spend

Signing a few players in the winter window could give us the extra push we need to get into the top four.

However, the Evening Standard claims that there will be limited funds for the boss to spend when the window opens.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a free agent in the winter window (Image credit: Getty)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bruno Fernandes will not be coming to Spurs in January, either (h/t Evening Standard).

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Spurs lie six points behind Chelsea in the race for the fourth Premier League spot. Hopefully, Mourinho can get us going and we ensure Champions League football next season.

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“No one leaving in January” – Premier League manager confirms Tottenham-linked star isn’t leaving

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Brendan Rodgers claims Tottenham-linked James Maddison won’t leave in January

James Maddison has been excellent for Leicester City this season. The England midfielder has helped the Foxes to second in the Premier League and has also featured for the national team.

The 23-year-old has five goals and three assists for Leicester this season and has been linked with Tottenham (h/t Football.london).

Maddison joined Leicester from Norwich City around 18 months ago, and his progress has been incredible.

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James Maddison celebrates after scoring against Tottenham (Image credit: Getty)

However, Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers believes that none of his players will leave the club next month (h/t Football.london):

“If you’re doing well, there will always be speculation.

“The boys understand that. Maddison has started the season very well, he’s been very productive. He’s a bright young player and he’s got a bright future.

“There’ll be no-one leaving in January. Categorically.”

Tottenham’s midfield problems

Maddison could work wonders for this Spurs team as we lack goals from the midfield. Christian Eriksen is a free agent in the summer while Giovani Lo Celso hasn’t played much under Jose Mourinho.

Eriksen has struggled for consistency this season while Lo Celso hasn’t been able to cement a place under the new boss.

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Christian Eriksen and Jose Mourinho during the win over West Ham (Image credit: AFP)

Mourinho has to solve this issue soon as almost half the season is already done.

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We have qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League, however, we are six points off a top-four place in the Premier League.

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Tottenham star cannot guarantee his future despite Mourinho’s arrival at club

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Danny Rose can’t guarantee his future at Tottenham despite Jose Mourinho’s appointment

Danny Rose has claimed that he hasn’t spoken with Jose Mourinho since the Portuguese took over at Tottenham.

Mauricio Pochettino was replaced by the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager after a poor run of results.

Mourinho has turned things around for us with just two losses since taking over, however, Rose spoke about his contract situation too.

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Danny Rose tried to seal an exit in the previous summer window (Image credit: Getty)

The English left-back had earlier claimed he would leave when his contract is done and suggested he would do the same (h/t Sun):

“I’ve never had a conversation with him and I don’t see why I need to.

“As I said before, I’m here for the next 18 months so I don’t see why I need to have a conversation with the manager.”

Rose added that he wants to do well with Spurs and is aiming to finish in the top four.

Rose pleased with Mourinho at club

The Englishman added that he had the pleasure of working under Pochettino, and couldn’t believe that Mourinho was our manager now:

“I never thought I would be managed by Jose Mourinho at Tottenham.

“That’s credit to the club, how well they’ve progressed throughout the years and to get someone like Jose has been obviously brilliant.”

The left-back added that he expected Mourinho to aim for the top-four and the FA Cup too, given that he is a winner.

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Ben Davies in action against West Ham (Image credit: Getty)

Rose has had his struggles at the club and it will be interesting to see if he is leaving in 18 months.

Ben Davies can do a good job as the left-back and is the replacement for Rose in the current team.

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Ryan Sessegnon faced Bayer Munich in a dead rubber last night and can play as a left-back too. However, the youngster played in an advanced position and scored in the loss.

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