Pochettino calls for a renewed focus from his Spurs

Yellow Sports Brian Jeeves will be at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace – Saturday, September 14 (3pm)

Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace – Preview:

MAURICIO POCHETTINO spoke in his pre-Crystal Palace press conference about meeting with the players following the international break, chewing the fat over what is expected from his charges following an indifferent start to their Premier League campaign.

Spurs supporters hoped that the Lilywhites would kick on after last seasons run to the Champions League final. However, unconvincing displays, coupled with disappointingly dropped points against Newcastle United and Arsenal, has seen the North Londoners slip off the pace during the early stages of the season. 

“Now, for sure, it was so important to be refocused,” the Argentine stressed.  

“The conversation today – altogether, now is the squad we are going to have until January, when the rumours will appear again and different situations. 

“It was very good to talk today for nearly one hour and refocus again on our objective. To be clear in our minds, to think that the most important is the collective and start to put outside individual situations, all together again and try to create a dynamic and be strong and start winning games. That’s the most important thing for us now.”

One of the players that’s bound to be at the epicentre of those rumours is Christian Eriksen. The Danish International has often been muted with a move away from North London. Nevertheless, once again, Pochettino rebuffed suggestions that the player was unsettled.

“He’s happy – he was always happy – he never said he wasn’t happy here,” the Spurs chief stated. 

“Everyone, of course, has aims, goals, challenges. I told you before the Arsenal game, he was in his right mind and that’s why I played him. 

“Always, he was an important player for us. In our sixth season, we’ve always appreciated him a lot. His qualities are there and important for the team. He’s happy and if we believe he deserves to play, then he’s going to play. 

“It’s not because he has less than one year on his contract we’re going to take a different decision. All decisions are based on performance.”

Spurs are without Giovani Lo Celso (hip), while Juan Foyth is also unavailable despite returning to training. Davinson Sanchez will be assessed following an ankle issue, while Tanguy Ndombele (thigh), Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring), Kyle Walker-Peters (hamstring) and Eric Dier (hip) are back on the training pitch and could be available to face Palace.

Visitors, Crystal Palace, have made a decent start to the campaign, winning two of their opening four Premier League matches and sitting fourth in the table. Nevertheless, the South Londoners haven’t won a league encounter at Spurs since a Neil Shipperley strike just before the hours earned the Eagles all three points at White Hart Lane back in November 1997.

Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace – Head to head:

Tottenham Hotspur won: 30

Drawn: 13

Crystal Palace won: 12

Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace – Last five meetings (all competitions)

November 5, 2017 – Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Crystal Palace

February 25, 2018 – Premier League

Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

November 10, 2018 – Premier League

Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

January 27, 2019 – Emirates FA Cup

Crystal Palace 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur

April 3, 2019 – Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Crystal Palace

Jeevesie’s prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Crystal Palace 

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