Spurs boss urges his players to forget thrashings against Man City
15:00 16 October 2014
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Mauricio Pochettino has urged his Tottenham players to forget last season’s thrashings against Manchester City as they prepare to travel to the Etihad Stadium.
Spurs lost 6-0 in the corresponding fixture last November and then suffered a 5-1 home defeat in the return game at White Hart Lane in January.
The Lilywhites have every reason to feel nervous as they travel up to Manchester for Saturday’s lunchtime showdown, but Pochettino insists last season’s results have no bearing on this weekend’s Premier League clash.
“The reality is I don’t remember the results,” said the head coach. “It’s important to know that this is another season, another philosophy, another game.
“We need to arrive on Saturday with the idea that we believe in our philosophy and our style and get the points, that’s the most important thing. The past is the past and it’s important to look forward.
“It’s always different, it’s a new season, I think it’s history. It’s another season, a different game with maybe different players.
“The most important thing is we arrive in a good moment and, after our victory against Southampton, we need to keep the momentum and reproduce the same action during the game against Southampton and try to get the three points.”
Emmanuel Adebayor and Nabil Bentaleb are yet to return from international duty with Togo and Algeria respectively, while Hugo Lloris and Nacer Chadli are doubts.
“We’re waiting for Adebayor and Bentaleb to arrive, maybe this afternoon or tomorrow morning,” said Pochettino. “Then we have some doubts with different players that arrived from their national teams with some problems, but we have another day tomorrow to analyse and train and after that we will decide the squad to travel to Manchester.
“Is Lloris a doubt? Maybe. Hugo arrived yesterday and was good but we need to analyse and test him and we have another day to decide.
“Chadli didn’t play for Belgium [against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday]. It’s ok but we need to test him tomorrow and decide after that if it’s possible for him to be in the squad or in the team.”
Tottenham are missing two right-backs, with Kyle Naughton joining Kyle Walker in the treatment room after suffering ankle ligament damage in the last league game against Southampton.
“Both are out,” said Pochettino. “Naughton is getting better but is not fully recovered, and Walker is getting better. He’s starting to run but it’s early to say when it’s possible for him to start training with the team.”
Tottenham’s shortage of right-backs might force them to bring summer signing DeAndre Yedlin in earlier than planned.
The USA international is currently due to arrive in the summer, but Spurs may seek to bring him in in January if their injury problems are ongoing at that stage.
“I don’t know, we need to analyse that,” said Pochettino. “It is early to say whether it will maybe be in January or at the end of the season, for next season.
“We need to know how Walker is recovering to decide, but he is another option. One option is that maybe in January we bring him here. At the moment it is too early to take a decision.”
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