Mauricio Pochettino: 'Stoke City tougher opponents than Chelsea'

Tyler Owen
April 8, 2018

Tottenham fans were shocked when Toby Alderweireld was dropped from the squad to face Stoke on Saturday and taken aback when manager Mauricio Pochettino said he was not getting in the side because of his form.

Despite several attacking surge from Stoke, Spurs held on to grab a valuable away victory to remain level on points with third placed Liverpool.

Chelsea FC will be looking to do whatever they can to try and break back into the top four before the season is out.

"I don't care about the personal situations with the club", Pochettino told reporters on Friday. If they show me they deserve to play, they are going to play. The new stadium will help the team. "I think it's deserved because he is working so hard for the club. I think the club is an exciting project, not only football but facilities and the mark of Tottenham".

Spurs have a number of stars coveted by other clubs and last summer were forced to cash in on full-back Kyle Walker, who joined Manchester City.

Kane is aiming to achieve a third consecutive golden boot but Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has pulled five goals clear in his absence.

Last week's hoodoo-ending win at Chelsea - their first at Stamford Bridge since 1990 - has put Spurs in pole position for another year in the Champions League.

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Then came what looked like Eriksen's second as Butland fail to collect - as Tottenham head home with all three points.

"I am happy with my salary", he added.

Pochettino was less concerned about the identity of the scorer.

"The key here is to be ready, to fight, to be prepared to match them and then understand that for us it is a same three points for us, to keep the gap between Chelsea and Arsenal", he finalised. "If it's scored by Harry, or Christian I am happy".

"We were excellent throughout the game up against a really good side", he said.

"I couldn't ask any more than the way we played".

Paul Lambert has reiterated that he has been left impressed by the performances being produced by his Stoke team and the Scot is justified in talking up the application of his players since his arrival in January.

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