Mauricio Pochettino has held his press conference ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday.
A number of topics were on the agenda. Here are three things we learned form the press conference.
Eric Dier could miss the Bournemouth game
Dier went down midway through the first half against Juventus, after which his elbow was heavily strapped up. He will be assessed before the journey to the south coast, but there is a good chance Victor Wanyama will have to deputise on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Toby Alderweireld has returned to the “early stages” of his reintegration into first team training. There is no indication as to when exactly he will ready to play again – your guess is as good as mine, reader.
Pochettino thinks Spurs can learn from Juventus
The Spurs boss spent majority of the press conference talking about Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 defeat to Juventus.
He insisted Tottenham can learn a lot from the Italian giants about being successful on and off the pitch.
“It’s a situation that you must learn from,” he said (via ESPN). “If we only see the stats form the two games, Tottenham was the much better team. Then in football it’s not only about performance, stats, shots on targets, possession.
“It’s small details. Juve are specialists, they have the habit to win, the habit to pressure on the referee. The owner stayed in tunnel before and during the game. It’s a club with a culture to do everything to help team.
“It’s a massive opportunity to learn not only on the pitch but [also] outside. It’s two games against this type of club – one on the pitch, one outside the pitch.”
I think there was a bit of a sly dig at Juventus hidden in Pochettino’s complimentary words, but who am I to judge?
Tottenham must be patient in their quest for trophies
Pochettino reiterated that time is needed for Spurs to build a platform from which to win silverware.
He also insisted the club will be in a “very good position to compete” at the top level in the next few years, and that the team showed their progress with their improvement in the Champions League this season compared to last.
Some fans expect instant success, but Pochettino is right – patience is a big requirement at a club like Tottenham.