Spurs boss Pochettino: "We will get the job done"

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has insisted he's "very happy" managing the London club despite reports linking him to the role of succeeding Luis Enrique at Barcelona, according to ESPN.

"I tried to give love", Pochettino said.

That's because in two years at Tottenham, Sigurdsson made more appearances from the bench than starts and when he did play it was rarely in his best position at No.10.

I would think Pochettino will only make two or three changes here but I'd expect Dele Alli and Harry Kane to get a rest, with Vincent Janssen coming in. "Maybe not. That is football".

Pochettino's side were firmly on course to rival Leicester for the Premier League title last season, but capitulated in the final stages to hand the Foxes a remarkable victory; while they are now left trailing league leaders Chelsea by 10 points after a disappointing defeat to Liverpool on Saturday.

Pochettino said he has taken a soft approach with his disappointed players, who want the chance to put right their miserable display at Anfield.

"I tried to give love", Pochettino said. "We're happy with the way they [the injured players] are training".

"I mentioned Man City as being the ones will run them the closest".

He will make a good few changes but while he's got a lot of numbers in the squad there are not that many that he really trusts.

Whether it's enough to get Spurs back to winning ways with Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose and Érik Lamela still nursing injuries, no one knows.

This will be the first ever meeting between these sides.

When asked about the speculation ahead of Spurs' Europa League last-16 first leg tie against KAA Gent this evening, the Argentine dismissed claims he could move on.

They won a group containing Southampton, Inter Milan and Hapoel Be'er Sheva with a game to spare before Christmas and arguably warrant more respect than they've been given here.

"There's still an opportunity for the victor of the Europa League, too".

The Lilywhites have lost five of their last eight European games (W2 D1), including three of their six Champions League games this season.

  • Julie Sanders