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“We are going to give the chance” – Pochettino confirms plans for Tottenham as cup competitions beckon

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Mauricio Pochettino confirms rotation as Champions League and Carabao Cup beckon

Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed his plans to rotate his side ahead of the Premier League clash against Leicester City.

Tottenham play Olympiakos in the Champions League during midweek and the clash against Leicester won’t be easy either.

Our Carabao Cup campaign begins the week after the Champions League tie as the fixtures come thick and fast in the month.

The boss was speaking after the 4-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace at the weekend, and confirmed his plans for the team (h/t Leicester Mercury):

“With this match we have seven games in 21 days and all are going to have the possibility to play and we are going to rotate in different games.

“That is the most important thing.

“We are going to give the chance to all the players to play and show their quality and fight for their place.”

The manager added that he wasn’t concerned about any injuries to the players as Spurs play in three competitions over the next two weeks. Pochettino also warned the reporters not to question his decision about mixing the team up:

“Of course be ready, because I’m going to rotate the squad and the team and try to be creative on Tuesday and ask me not always the same questions always about when some players are not in the squad or team or this player is playing and not another.”

Interesting decisions ahead for Pochettino

Tottenham have a few injury concerns too, and it will be interesting to see how we line up for the cup games.

Spurs need to start their Champions League campaign well, as our next game in the group is against Bayern Munich.

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The 4-0 win over Palace was huge boost for the team, and we should aim to play every game in the same manner.

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Transfer news: Varying reports from Spain highlight Real Madrid’s stance on Tottenham superstar

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Varying reports from Spain highlight Real Madrid’s stance on Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen is out of a contract at the end of the season, and Real Madrid seem interested in the Dane.

The midfielder spoke about his desire to play for Los Galacticos before the start of the season but remained at Tottenham. Real seem keen on the 27-year-old but varying reports highlight what their plans are for the Dane.

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Christian Eriksen after his miss against Colchester in the Carabao Cup

El Desmarque (h/t BBC) claim that Real will offer Isco and Mariano Diaz in hopes of landing Eriksen.

Isco has struggled for regular game time this season and seems to have lost some form, but he is still one of the best in the league. While Diaz could provide some cover for Harry Kane and hasn’t featured for the Spanish giants this season.

That would be a decent deal for Spurs given that Eriksen is a free agent at the end of the season. However, AS (h/t BBC) reports that Real have to sell some fringe players before moving for the Dane.

Getting a swap deal done would be great for Spurs

Tottenham might not get a lot of money from Eriksen’s January sale given that he is a free agent soon.

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen is a free agent in the summer

A swap deal would be great, however, the players might take time to adjust to our plans.

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It will be interesting to see what happens to the Dane, however, we don’t have all the negotiating power given that Eriksen can leave for free at the end of the season.

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Good news as Tottenham are uninterested in sacking Pochettino despite poor start to the season

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Tottenham are unwilling to sack Mauricio Pochettino despite poor start to season

Mauricio Pochettino has seen Tottenham struggle this season in all competitions. We have been knocked out of the Carabao Cup and have just one point from the opening two Champions League group games.

Our Premier League campaign has been below par and we needed a late Dele Alli goal to salvage a point against Watford at the weekend.

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Dele Alli with Paulo Gazzaniga after the 1-1 draw against Watford

The Argentine acknowledged that he is under pressure and hinted that he could lose his job too (h/t Express):

“If we don’t improve our performances and results, what is going to be the result? It’s always the same in football.”

However, the Express claims that Tottenham have no desire to fire the Argentine after he improved the side.

Pochettino has made us regulars in the Champions League and we reached the final of the competition last campaign. Spurs also handed the manager a five-year deal in 2018 and he is one of the best in the game too.

The right decision for now by Spurs

Sacking Poch now makes no sense given the amount of work he has done with the club and turning us into a quality side.

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Mauricio Pochettino during the 1-1 draw against Watford

This is his first set of poor results since Pochettino’s arrival, and he has the ability to turn things around. Some of our stars can leave for free in the summer while others have missed parts of the season due to injury.

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It will be interesting to see how we perform in the coming weeks, with trips to Anfield and Goodison awaiting us.

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Tottenham could see summer signing against Red Star after two months absence due to injury

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Giovani Lo Celso could feature against Red Star Belgrade

Tottenham could see the return of Giovani Lo Celso against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League, according to Sky Sports.

The summer signing made a few substitute appearances this season before a hip injury took him out of the side.

The 23-year-old hasn’t played since the previous international break, but his return could be timely for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Giovani Lo Celso
Giovani Lo Celso is yet to start for Tottenham since joining in the summer

Tottenham have one point from their opening two Champions League games and have to beat Red Star to kick-start their campaign.

Spurs have looked off-colour this season but Lo Celso’s return could get the team going again. The 23-year-old was impressive for Real Betis last campaign and is seen as a long-term replacement for Christian Eriksen (h/t Sky Sports).

The youngster scored 14 goals and provided 5 assists for Betis last season and even played in the Copa America for Argentina.

Sessegnon not close to making debut

The other summer signing yet to start for us, Ryan Sessegnon, is still not ready for his debut (h/t Sky Sports).

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Ryan Sessegnon hasn’t played for Tottenham since joining from Fulham

The former Fulham star injured his hamstring for England’s youth team and might need a run in the U23s before getting first-team action (h/t Sky Sports).

A further delay will be frustrating for Sessegnon, who was one of the most talented players in the Championship.

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His time with Fulham in the Premier League didn’t go too well, with the Cottagers getting relegated. Hopefully, he recovers from his problem soon and we get to see him in action.

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“We’ve been working hard” – Tottenham star laughs off claims that players are being trained too much

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Harry Kane laughs off speculation that Tottenham’s stars are being trained too hard

Tottenham face a must-win game against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Tuesday. Spurs have just one point from their opening two group games, and things haven’t been that great for us in the Premier League either.

We fought hard to draw against Watford on Saturday after coming back from a goal down but Harry Kane was in a positive state of mind ahead of the midweek clash.

The Englishman wanted the team to stick together and believed that a win over Red Star could kick-start the season.

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Dele Alli with Paulo Gazzaniga after the 1-1 draw against Watford

The England captain was also asked if the players were being trained a little too hard, but Kane just laughed off the matter (h/t Football.london):

“(Laughs) There’s going to be speculation when things aren’t going well. We’ve been working hard since the manager came here and it would be wrong for us to do more or less than we’ve always done.”

The forward added that this was the “toughest time” for him at the club but claimed this was just a part of the journey:

“It’s just another challenge though. The road to success will always have bumps and this is just one of them.”

Kane needs to fire against Red Star

The English forward is one of the best in the world but needs to do better in front of goal.

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Harry Kane celebrates after scoring for Spurs

Kane didn’t score in the previous game and it will be interesting to see how he does against the Serbians.

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The 25-year-old hasn’t scored in the last two games for us, but that could change if he starts on Tuesday.

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