Mauricio Pochettino takes on Tottenham’s Wembley woes
“I laugh a little bit because maybe it exists, the hoodoo, no?” Pochettino said in his pre-match press conference today. “But we need to work hard, we need to try to win games.
“I remember three years ago when I started here with Jesus, at the start it was difficult to get a positive result at White Hart Lane – I remember there was a big polemic about the size of the pitch – and we struggled a little bit at White Hart Lane and [look at] how we finished last season. I think Wembley is similar, we need to adapt our game, we need to feel that Wembley can be home.
“It’s all about to try to play, to try to win, to be better than the opponent. I think the last few games that we played at Wembley, we played really well, and we deserved more in terms of result. But sometimes in football, it’s not only about playing better than your opponent, and maybe we [needed] to be in front of the goal a little bit more clinical. But it’s a thing that is not worrying me too much, and [not] the players [either].”
Harry Kane says Spurs have a point to prove in the Champions League
“Yeah definitely,” Kane said when asked if he had a point to prove. “If you want to be one of the best teams in Europe then you have to perform on the big stage and the Champions League is definitely that.
“We’ve got to try to improve and these are the games we want to be winning and playing, the big games on the big stage. We have to try to perform to our best and to try to win.”
Kane does not want Dele Alli to lose his edge
“He’s a fantastic player and we will miss him,” Kane admitted.
“But fortunately we have a fantastic squad and I’m sure whoever comes in will be ready to compete on the big stage. Of course Dele’s a miss, but that’s football. It’s done and we have to move on.
“Dele will play how Dele plays. He’s that sort of player. Of course he was disappointed to get sent off in the Europa League last year but he can only learn from it. That’s football.
“Sometimes you make mistakes and you have to learn from it, and and I’m sure he will do. Of course he’s gutted to be missing these games, as anyone would, but he’s staying determined and will make sure he’s ready for the last three games of the campaign.”
Gareth Bale warns he might celebrate if he scores a late winner against Spurs
“I scored against Spurs in a pre-season game a couple of years ago and I didn’t really celebrate then,” he told the Daily Mail.
“I suppose it depends on how you feel on the day.
“If it’s a 91st-minute winner, can you control yourself? That’s the question.”
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