Tottenham face Huddersfield Town in the Premier League at Wembley this weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking to reporters ahead of Saturday’s clash. Here are three things we learned from his press conference.
Lucas Moura still must adapt to Tottenham’s philosophy
Pochettino revealed Moura could make his first Premier League start on Saturday after impressing again during Wednesday’s 6-1 win over Rochdale in the FA Cup.
However, the Spurs boss also said Moura is yet to adapt to Spurs’ philosophy, claiming he is still learning how to apply himself when the team doesn’t have possession of the ball.
“He’s capable of everything going forward, he has amazing quality but then he needs to be more involved with the team when we don’t have the ball,” said Pochettino. (All quotes via ESPN.)
“We’re helping him. That is about training, understanding the position and being capable of making efforts with and without the ball. But we’re so pleased with how he’s adapting himself to the team.”
Vertonghen is back but Alderweireld will miss the Juventus game
Tottenham’s Belgian duo missed last weekend’s 1-0 win at Crystal Palace through injury, but Pochettino revealed Vertonghen will possibly be available on Saturday.
However, he also confirmed Alderweireld won’t return in time to face Juventus in the Champions League next week.
“We need to be cautious with Toby. I think still we need to assess every day,” said the Argentine.
“I don’t believe he can be ready for Juventus. But I’m happy because Jan is back again and maybe he is available for tomorrow to play against Huddersfield.”
Pochettino values Eric Dier’s versatility immensely
Dier has been a clear favourite of Pochettino’s ever since he scored the first ever goal of his reign back in August 2014.
Arguably the 24-year-old’s most valuable trait is his ability to play in midfield or defence, something Pochettino clearly appreciates.
“To have players that can play different positions and keep the same level is a massive value,” noted Pochettino.
“Eric can play as midfielder, a centre-back and a right-back. And he’s going to perform as well [in each] because it’s in his mind. It’s his mentality.”