Pochettino reluctant to ring the changes against Monaco — UEFA Europa League

Spurs top Group J after the first round of games earlier this month, having beaten Azerbaijani outfit FK Qarabag 3-1 at White Hart Lane.


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers observes his side during their training session on Wednesday to prepare for Thursday’s Europa League match against FC Sion.

And, although he admits the Europa League is a step down, he feels it is becoming more prestigious and is worth taking seriously.

“He is injured, and I think he will stay in England for recovery”, Pochettino was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. Last season they were second in the league in terms of work-rate and his Southampton team were the hardest working the season before, while Tottenham were 17 out of 20.

Spurs finished fifth a year ago and are now sixth but Neville insists they are moving in the right direction.

Had he not upped sticks, though, this week could have instead been spent playing for Lyon in the Champions League.

“Tottenham have been a bit of a mess of a club but I like the way they’re going now”.

“I think that it is not easy and there is a lot of opinion about why for the players the Premier League is the most important competition in the word, for the supporters the same, for the media”.

He has netted three goals in five Spurs appearances so far and would have had another was it not for the offside flag in the 4-1 Premier League win against City on Saturday. By contrast their rivals sit just three points above the relegation zone in Portugal.

“After winning against City we were very proud of our job”, Njie added. The Italians are riding high after a Nikola Kalinic hat-trick inspired them to a 4-1 win over Inter Milan at the weekend to sit top of Serie A for the first time since 1999.

“If we work hard and we do everything we have to do then we have the quality to make the difference”.

Toby Alderweireld is confident this can be a “fantastic season” for Tottenham, not that the defender is getting too carried away with the comprehensive defeat of Manchester City. They have already conceded half as many goals in the domestic league this term (13) as they did in 38 games last season (26) and have let in six goals in their last two games.

We know whom one of the starters will be.


“The draw isn’t a bad result but our ambition is always to win”.

Tottenham starlet Clinton N'Jie will start against Monaco