Alli in contention for Spurs return against City

Alli in contention for Spurs return against City

Alli in contention for Spurs return against City

It looks likely that Spurs' first game at their new permanent home will be against Manchester United, with their first game of 2019 being away to Cardiff City on New Year's Day.

Tottenham haven't won a game in the Champions League this season following a 2-1 loss to Inter Milan at the San Siro before a 4-2 defeat by FC Barcelona at Wembley.

In a lavish football universe where six-figure weekly wages have become the norm, Spurs are paying their star players wages that could be usurped by clubs like West Ham, Crystal Palace and Fulham and eventually, that prudence will catch up with them.

"The season so far?" said Mauricio Pochettino as he considered the question.

Despite an underwhelming Champions League campaign to date, Spurs have been similarly impressive domestically this term and victory at England's national stadium would see them leapfrog City in the standings.

However, Argentine coach Pochettino admitted though that he is still not sure if Alli will be ready to feature in his sides crunch fixture against Man City this Sunday at Wembley. We are more comfortable at the Etihad than if we should play in another stadium.

"Because I feel the love from the people here, you know I like to do it better, to seduce them, to make a better club than you can believe that we are strong enough to do better things, but it is what it is".

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino claimed Guardiola, his Manchester City counterpart, was disrespectful to the London club when he used the term past year as it implied the England talisman was their only significant player.

"I think White Hart Lane was different to Wembley".

And, when he was reminded of what he said, Guardiola conceded he had been hasty about the quality of the Tottenham side when their striker does not score, with City ahead of the North London team by just two points in the Premier League table. "It's odd because my feeling is the worst feeling I've had in the five years that I've been here". "We have a lot of focus and you know very well when you are competing with sides, like we are in Champions League and Premier League, the most important thing is to fight in the same conditions as others".

"The first year we dropped a lot of points against contenders", Guardiola added.

Pep Guardiola admits he was wrong to refer to Tottenham as "the Harry Kane team". One is to win games, but the club needs to be all focused in trying to win titles.

Pochettino, who has been praised for nurturing a group of talented young players delivering an eye-catching style of football, has had to contend with a number of frustrations despite the bright start to the Premier League season, which has brought seven wins from nine games.

Unfortunately, directly in front of Tottenham are City, who are arguably the best team in the country and have been for the past year.

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