Saturday, 20 January, 2018

'Lost in translation' - Pochettino pours cold water on Tottenham ace's comments

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Kristopher Love | 06 December, 2017, 14:16

With Tottenham having only won one of its last five games in all competitions, Pochettino said Luke Amos and Kazaiah Sterling will be among those involved against the Cypriot side, who can not qualify but are battling with Borussia Dortmund for third place.

Spurs are all but out of the title race following a run of four league games without a win which has seen them slip to 18 points behind leaders Manchester City.

"Missing the first three Champions League games was terrible for me, particularly the game against Madrid in the Bernabeu".

Pochettino has named two academy youngsters in his squad - the midfielder Luke Amos and the striker Kazaiah Sterling - and he is ready to give a first Champions League start to George-Kévin Nkoudou, the winger who has struggled since his transfer from Marseille in the summer of previous year. "I'd always like to be at my best in every match and training session", Alli said at a press conference.

Tottenham are certain to finish top of the group and, in that context, it felt slightly surprising to hear Mauricio Pochettino say Alli would start against Apoel.

I am my own biggest critic. It's been an opportunity for me to learn more about myself as a player and as a person, so I'm looking forward to it and I've got to keep enjoying it.

Alli's best performances this season have come in the Champions League, with the England global scoring a brace against Real Madrid and starring in a 2-1 win at Dortmund.

"Now I am raring to go for any chance I can get to play in the Champions League".

"Some players need to rest because they are so exhausted and need to breathe a little bit", the manager said.

"We're completely different, we're not in the last stage (of our development)".

"We have a great team, great manager and staff and we'll bounce back".

Spurs have already booked their place in the last 16 of Europe's elite club competition after having been in good form this season in the Champions League.

"We felt we could beat them and finishing top of the group with a game to spare has given us even more belief".