Mauricio Pochettino has give his press conference ahead of the Champions League clash with Bayer Leverkusen tonight.

Heung-Min Son was also present at the conference and was quizzed about his thoughts as he prepares to face his former club, answering in both German and English.

Chief on the agenda for Pochettino was the fitness of Toby Alderweireld, with the manager maintaining his stance that the injury picked up at West Brom was not too bad.

That lead into questions regarding Eric Dier’s ability to play central defence and whether Cameron Carter-Vickers was an option in such an important match.

Watch the full press conference below.



  1. Poch has lost the plot with the centre back situation. What is wrong with Wimmer? Played well when he stood in for Vertongan last season and I really rate him. Dier has gone off the boil at the moment and if I was Wimmer or Carter Vickers, I would be asking questions. COYS

  2. Wimmer is a left sided CB and to be utilized efficiently in Poch’s system he needs to be used in that role. Its either Jan or Wimmer. Toby’s cover will be the right sided Dier or CCV

  3. We have a good selection of centre backs at the moment including those Mike has mentioned.
    I am happy to leave it to Poch to decide who plays – he sees them every day in training after all !

    We can’t afford to let our better players (Dier included) fall by the wayside if they “go off a bit” for a game or two. Dier is also a player in consideration for senior England games. He has earned that reputation whereby Wimmer and Carter-Vickers are behind Dier in that respect.

  4. We are lucky to have Winner,any PL team would welcome him,he was brilliant when Yan was out last season on numerous occasions,he must be used before we lose him

  5. I think Jan is heavily dependent on Toby and as such his place should not be automatic without him. Team is chosen on training ground data rather than form or opposition. hence Lamela is in and Nkoudou not on bench.