Tottenham travel to the Bet365 Stadium to take on Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday.
Having moved eight points above Chelsea after last weekend’s memorable win at Stamford Bridge, Spurs will be looking to increase the lead on their London rivals – the Blues don’t play until Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino briefed the media ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Stoke. Here are three things we learned from the press conference.
Winks’ ankle is a cause for concern but Kane is fine
Pochettino revealed Harry Winks will play no part against Stoke as he is still struggling with an ankle problem – the club is still undecided on whether the midfielder will require surgery.
A report in the Evening Standard claims Winks has been given an injection but could miss the remainder of the season if the treatment is unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, Harry Kane appears to have fully recovered from his ankle injury and should play a part this weekend.
Pochettino is happy with the club’s financial situation
Tottenham announced record profits earlier this week, but the most eye-catching point in the club’s financial report involved Daniel Levy.
The chairman is now the highest paid chief executive in the Premier League, which apparently doesn’t sit well with some Spurs players given their relatively low wages.
But Pochettino says he is happy with Levy and all other aspects of the club’s finances.
“It’s very good news for the club, for the company, very positive news for Tottenham,” he said. “It’s not for me to talk about. I don’t know the reality, and he’s my boss and I need to respect anything my boss does. Personally I’m happy.” (Via @BenPearceSpurs.)
Davinson Sanchez has surprised everyone at Tottenham
Pochettino spent some time praising Davinson Sanchez after being asked about the 21-year-old’s Colombian’s debut season in the Premier League.
“Our expectation when we signed Davinson was he was a player with enormous potential who was, sure, going to help the team,” said the Spurs boss (via @BenPearceSpurs).
“But of course his adaptation to the team and the Premier League was I think much better than we expected.”
“We had a lot of information about his character but I think he surprised us much better than we expected, because he’s always available to learn, to improve. He accepts criticism, corrections, and that for me is the most important thing.”