Pochettino has advised Alderweireld he should get fitter

Feb 14, 2018, 18:22
Pochettino has advised Alderweireld he should get fitter

The footballing world is giving Tottenham as much chance of winning the Champions League as seeing a sumo wrestler compete in ice dance at the Olympics. Mauricio Pochettino's side need to improve their record to ensure they can progress, although no side has won more points - nine - in home league games against the big six. Although he stuck with that formation for three games after Toby Alderweireld damaged his hamstring midway through the first half of the 3-1 win over Madrid, he has essentially abandoned the shape since November. So it was hard but I think we learned a lot about it. In the last few weeks, the team are growing and have stepped up.

Despite so many impressive displays, the Old Lady still find themselves sat second, behind leaders Napoli, in what has been quite an enthralling race for the title in Italy this season.

"But we must be careful about his fitness and when it is good and he can train, he can make this type of performance because he is a great talented player". "Today my idea is to keep playing the same, to try and be a little bit braver if we can, but being clever because their level is one of the best in Europe".

WIth their run - one could confidently say, they are the team to beat after dropping no points and beating the team who holds the cup.

The biggest test for a well-drilled Juventus side will be to keep English global Harry Kane, who recently scored his 100 league goal, away from causing any damage. The striker also went on to feature for Juventus in the Champions League final in 2015 against Barcelona, a match that eventually proved to be his last in a black and white shirt.

The Serie A side take on Spurs on Tuesday night in the first leg before the return fixture on March 7.

"He is 28 and it was a massive injury that we need to manage and be cautious with because we can not put his career at risk", said Pochettino.

"Last year wasn't a great campaign for us, the fact we've come out a group no-one expected to us to come out of has given us great confidence and great belief". The fans and the players have to work with each other as we did in those games and from then forward we've been really strong.

He added: "I think last season he played so well, and then at the end of the season he suffered a problem in his ankle".

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