Michael Owen states his prediction for Tottenham v Apoel Nicosia

Michael Owen states his prediction for Tottenham v Apoel Nicosia

Ross Houston
December 6, 2017

Pochettino has named two academy youngsters in his squad - the midfielder Luke Amos and the striker Kazaiah Sterling - and he is ready to give a first Champions League start to George-Kévin Nkoudou, the winger who has struggled since his transfer from Marseille in the summer of a year ago.

"Of course the striker always needs to score", said Pochettino, according to the Evening Standard.

Spurs have already booked their place in the last 16 of Europe's elite club competition after having been in good form this season in the Champions League.

Alli has scored seven goals and added four assists in 18 appearances this season but he has struggled to consistently hit the levels that saw him named PFA Young Player of the Year in both of the last two years.

Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli has admitted he is struggling to play at his best consistently and says he is his "own biggest critic" when it comes to performances.

"Every time I know when I'm not playing well and if it's not going well for me, it's important that I keep working hard and trying every day to learn and improve as a player".

The Lilywhites have suffered something of a dip in form in the Premier League in recent weeks, having only won one of their last five top-flight games.

"There's nothing to worry about for us".

"We're completely different, we're not in the last stage (of our development)". That is why they deserve it, they have the quality as well in the position that we are looking to try to help the team tomorrow.

While being asked at a press conference ahead of his side's meeting with APOEL about whether he believes that over confidence might have been an issue, the manager said that it could be because when a team fail to win, all the issues have to be taken into account.

"We are focused on this game because it's so important to win, important to finish the Champions League well and it's so important to build our momentum again".

"It's a game that only provides us with the opportunity to play with some players that need to be ready if we need them".

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