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Spurs must focus, says Pochettino


Tottenham Hotspur must retain their focus, says Mauricio Pochettino ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game against Crystal Palace

Dele Alli scored two goals while Cristian Eriksen managed to find the back of the net once in Wednesday’s Champions League game, where Tottenham beat Real Madrid 3-1 at Wembley.

But with Spurs having lost 1-0 at Manchester United in their last Premier League game, a result that was followed by a 3-2 loss at home to rivals West Ham in the Carabao Cup, Pochettino knows they must not take Palace lightly, Sky Sports reports.

Pochettino said: “You must be focused, and we will use the result to lift us, to boost our confidence, but we must work hard to get another good result on Sunday.”

The Argentine then went on to talk about the opponents’ head coach, Roy Hodgson.

“We know Roy Hodgson, a very good manager. We have a great relationship from when he was with the national team. His teams are always very well organised and it will be very tough. It will demand a lot of energy again.”

The Spurs coach emphasized the importance of staying focused even after a victory like the one on Wednesday.

“The challenge is to stay focused and forget the Real Madrid game. After the defeat to Manchester United it is so important to win again in the Premier League.”

Alli, Kieran Trippier and Harry Winks featured against Real and all three were named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the high-profile friendlies against Germany and Brazil in November, Sky Sports continues.

Pochettino admitted he was particularly proud of Tripper’s journey: “We are so happy because when he came from Burnley, he was very humble to try and fight for his place on the team.”

The Argentine believes Winks’ attitude is his strength, and it’s important to keep his character throughout his career.

“Whether he plays against Real Madrid or [for] the U23s, always his mentality is to win. That is so important for him to keep that character in his career,” Pochettino said about Winks.

As for Alli, he said it’s great to have a player who can help the team out in multiple positions.

“He is not a player in a specific position. He is often a midfielder, he is sometimes on the box on the side of the striker and he can drop his position and play deeper. It is great to have a player like him who can develop his game in different positions on the pitch.”