Mauricio Pochettino pleased with Vincent Janssen, Son Heung-min contributions

Mar 20, 2017, 00:30
Mauricio Pochettino pleased with Vincent Janssen, Son Heung-min contributions

With the build-up well underway ahead of Sunday's clash, we have analysed the THREE key battles which will go someway to deciding the outcome at White Hart Lane...

This is a win that keeps Spurs within ten points of Chelsea but in reality, the Premier League title race has long since ceased to exist.

"Many players struggle to handle that role".

Kane will be sidelined for several weeks after suffering an ankle injury in last weekend's FA Cup thrashing of Millwall.

First-half strikes from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli proved enough for victory as Spurs survived a second-half fightback from Southampton after James Ward-Prowse scored for the visitors. Manolo Gabbiadini is 19/10 to score any time.

They have conceded just seven goals in those 14 matches at White Hart Lane. The game on Sunday will wrap up Tottenhams 5-game stretch at home.

Claude Puel:"It will be interesting to see our progress".

Striker Charlie Austin is edging closer to a return from a shoulder problem, but defender Virgil van Dijk remains a long-term injury absentee.

Victor Wanyama and Moussa Dembele line up in midfield, while at the back the central three are Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.

Southampton: Forster, Cedric, Yoshida, Stephens, Bertrand, Davis, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Gabbiadini, Redmond.

On Harry Kane: "He is very positive, joking about (coming back) after the worldwide break, three to four weeks". But the performance was good and we need to be pleased we kept our position.

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"We trust completely in our doctor and physios and department that looks after them in the best way". But the good thing he is very positive. While only six teams have had more shots on target this season, only five teams have actually scored fewer goals and only Manchester United have a lower conversion rate.

"Today is a great chance for people like Son and Janssen to play more regularly in the starting XI".

I understand they are not happy with some situations.

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"Then after I told them the news I said I couldn't understand why".

"It's fantastic for them and for the club", he said.

"For Nathan, he's also a talented player, but sometimes he didn't listen enough".

Puel began the season using a 4-4-2 diamond formation with an orthodox striker partnered by a winger, with the idea seemingly being to dominate the middle using four central midfielders while allowing for overloads in wide areas with the nominal second striker drifting wide to combine with the overlapping full-back. Spurs were just 8/15 to win the match before Harry Kane's injury, which also prompted their Premier League outright odds to drift from 14/1 to 20/1. Heung min Son is expected to try and fit the void left by Kane and Janssen is expected to start on the bench.

Spurs thought they had found the key to Southampton's success when they poached Paul Mitchell and his "black box" to head up recruitment in November 2014 but they were sold a dud.

The report suggests that the Premier League side tried to sign the Paraguayan attacker last summer but the 21-year-old instead opted to move to La Liga. "Even for the best striker in the world, it is hard to score in the Premier League".

Generally Spurs do have a very good record against the Saints since they were promoted, and have only lost one game against them.

Spurs are the only side in the English top-flight yet to suffer a defeat on home soil this season. Pochettino believes that the Spurs underperformed in September because of the fact that the players were exhausted after the Euro Competition.