Rose in contention to face Dortmund as Pochettino denies 'problems' with defender

Henrietta Brewer
November 22, 2017

"We had a disappointing day on Saturday and this is our chance to show we are better than that", said Eriksen.

"The team stepped up and after Saturday we were ready to compete here in a hard game against a hard team and we are so proud".

The result means Tottenham head into the last 16 as winners of Group H, ahead of European champions Real Madrid, with one match to spare. We believed we were going to the Emirates to win. That will free Pochettino up to make changes and he is likely to bring Harry Winks and Serge Aurier back into the team, and is considering recalls for Heung-Min Son and Danny Rose too. "Rose is doing well, the training session on Saturday was tough for him, today he trained with the group and we will decide tomorrow", Pochettino said. This is a team that is filled with talent that knows how to play well as a team and that has been showing in recent times. He's only scored three Premier League goals so far, while he's chipped in with two league assists.

The Argentinian added: "The objective was to qualify and we've achieved that, and now it's important to finish first if we can".

The full-back, who criticised Spurs' transfer and wage policy in an interview in August, was left out of the matchday squad for the 2-0 defeat to north London rivals Arsenal on Saturday, after which Pochettino was forced to deny there was a feud between them. "I think this match can not come at a better time".

Pochettino's caution follows the news that the match at the Westfalenstadion will be officiated by Clement Turpin, who was refereeing the World Cup qualifier when Alli was caught making a middle finger gesture. "Always it is important to be aware of the situation", he said.

Dele Alli will come face to face with French referee Clement Turpin tomorrow, the man in whose direction he swore during England's game with Slovakia in September.

"They were fit [to play against Arsenal], both Dele Alli and Harry Kane, " Pochettino said "I have spoken with everyone and we have conversations with the 25 players". That is important to put the pressure on, more than we do. "We need to get the feeling, analyse and then take the decision".

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