Pochettino: Alli may return from injury for Man City clash

Marcus Newton
October 29, 2018

During the week, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino joked the damaged pitch may upset Manchester City's passing style, while Pep Guardiola said his side would adapt to whatever surface they face on Monday. It's the worst. But it's the best start ever for the club in the Premier League.

"To play in Wembley, Milton Keynes - different circumstances, so we have to say "come on, if we are realistic, we need to celebrate the position we are in and receive praise for that" but it doesn't matter if we don't get praise".

After rejecting the prospect of taking over at Real Madrid last summer, the Bernabeu hot-seat is about to become vacant once again and while former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is the man taking the Bernabeu hot-seat this time, Pochettino will inevitably be offered his dream job in Madrid once again sooner rather than later and next time, he may well take the bait.

"We saw it at West Ham last week - we saw it at Cardiff a couple of weeks ago and they've paid for that inability to do that in Europe, which looks like a Champions League exit now".

Pochettino said in a press conference when asked whether he is concerned about the size of his squad: "I don't believe that, we have a lot of players in the squad, young players that deserved to be involved". Disappointed because we are still waiting for the new stadium when the expectation was to be there from the beginning.

Harry Kane has been a bit good since breaking into Tottenham's first team as a wide-eyed whippersnapper.

"I think White Hart Lane was different to Wembley". "It's unusual because my feeling is the worst feeling I've had in the five years that I've been here. We had 100 points because we were focused on all the games".

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"Later in my career, Glenn was always so good to me with England, and the reason I signed for Tottenham in 2002 was because I wanted to work with him".

"Many things happened in the summer, there are many things that make myself not in my best mood or humour".

As he acknowledged, a new stadium is no guarantee of success - especially against the spending power of a team such as City.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has dealt admirably with the various curve balls launched his way since the end of last season - so well in fact that his side have enjoyed their best start to a Premier League campaign.

"I think the most important thing ahead of the game is how we feel, how we prepare for the game".

The Eastlands outfit haven't lost in the Premier League this season and the current league crown holders dropped points in a 1-1 draw with promoted side Wolverhampton Wanderers and title rivals Liverpool FC.

"The reality is what we've done a year ago you have to be focused on everyone".

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