Pochettino: Tottenham well-equipped to cope without Kane

Lloris is now on global duty with France as they travel to Luxembourg for a World Cup Qualifier on Saturday, live on Sky Sports, and then face Spain in a friendly on Tuesday.

Liverpool matchup is very tempting to analyze, we have chose to switch our focus on the 2nd ranked Tottenham who will host the 10th ranked Southampton at the White Hart Lane.

Perhaps inevitably, Southampton picked up their game at the start of the second half and had soon halved the deficit. But it had to be said that for all their latent menace they did not have a moment when they advertised the equaliser.

52' - GOAL! Tottenham 2-1 Southampton (Ward-Prowse).

Club captain Lloris is regarded as one of the best player at the north London club and his admission will surely concern some fans.

Harry Winks and Victor Wanyama were left scrapping for second balls in midfield and Tottenham fans' groans grew louder as their team gradually lost grip of their earlier control. He had won it and he converted it. Alli now has 17 goals in all competitions this season.

The visitors nearly got back in the game before half-time when a thunderous strike from Cedric Soares forced Hugo Lloris into making a brilliant diving save to keep it out and preserve his side's two goal lead at the break.

Spurs were without the injured Harry Kane but took only fourteen minutes to open the scoring, with Christian Eriksen cutting in from the right and slotting into the far corner after a smart turn from Moussa Dembele. For Alli, it was all about getting to the ball first and then feeling the contact. Alli was tripped as he looked to spin and shoot, and the number 20 drilled home the resulting penalty.

Eric Dier found himself in the book after only 11 minutes when he crunched into a challenge on in-form Southampton attacker Nathan Redmond. It was a frightful miss.

The visitors were weakened on the half-hour, and it was deflating to see Gabbiadini in pain on the ground, holding his groin and making the signal to the bench that something had torn.

Southampton chiefly have in-form striker Manolo Gabbiadini to thank for that with the Italian scoring six goals in his four appearances since joining from Napoli in January.

But Southampton should have had a penalty of their own on the stroke of half time as Ben Davies clattered into Dusan Tadic when attempting to clear his lines.

And Pitch Map C - the 2-0 home win over Manchester City - shows how Son (No 7) plays the same way.

The second goal came from a classic break after regaining possession.

Kid cut vast as Tottenham stabbed in the back the offensive, while Lloris collected Shane Long's climbing strike at the various other end. "But it's another victory and we have reason to be happy". Sofiane Boufal's shot, flying just wide of a post in stoppage time, was the closest they came as the hosts held on for a hard-fought victory.

  • Salvatore Jensen