Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has made so many changes at the club, in terms of playing personnel, that it must have given him great pride to see the impact some of them made in the week.
Of course, events were overshadowed by the terror attacks and the Tottenham boss spoke about this , with specific reference to French keeper Hugo Lloris:
“For him it was very tough, he’s very sad but he’s strong enough and I think he’s ready to play on Sunday, he wants to play to pay a tribute.”
But the performance of Dele Alli was marvellous and Pochettino can take a lot of credit for his meteoric rise to stardom. The youngster scored an absolute peach against France and generally looked like the best player on the park – cue ridiculous pressure and hype for the lad to now deal with under the glare of the English media.
He will surely play at the weekend but the boss gave less encouraging news with regards two other midfielders. Nabil Bentaleb and wide man Nacer Chadli are out of Sunday’s match up against West Ham (Sunday at 16:00 local time).
But he did say that Andros Townsend has been reinstated to the squad after a spat with a fitness coach on November 4th.