Pochettino: Spurs Finishing Above Arsenal Not Important, Alli Deserves PFA Award Nomination

Pochettino: Spurs Finishing Above Arsenal Not Important, Alli Deserves PFA Award Nomination

Tottenham 2-0 Bournemouth: Spurs have won their last six games in a row and know a seventh would put the pressure on Chelsea to get a result at United on Sunday so this is an opportunity they simply cannot afford to miss.

Bournemouth have had a steady campaign, if anything, under Eddie Howe.

The Cherries go into the game without a win in their last three games and were beaten 3-1 by Chelsea last time out.

Chelsea, unbeaten in their last 12 meetings with United, have won back to back matches since their shock defeat against Crystal Palace, but Tottenham remain hot on their heels. In his first season as manager which was the 2014-15 season, Spurs finished in 5th place one better than the previous season, the 2015-16 season they finished 3rd and so far this season they are in 2nd place, 5 points above Liverpool with a game in hand and 7 points behind Chelsea. Goalkeeper Michel Vorm (knee) will be assessed. Victor Wanyama is also available for the game after recovering from a back injury but Danny Rose remains on the sidlelines with a knee injury but is due to step up his recovery from injury next week. Andrew Surman will still be missing.

Tottenham, sitting second in the Premier League and as the only serious rivals to leaders Chelsea, have shown that throwing large sums at big-name players from overseas is not the only way to success.

Two of the three league encounters have produced a goal in the opening minute.

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MAURICIO Pochettino has backed young stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli to carry on improving after their nominations for the Professional Footballers' Association's player and young player of the year respectively.

"I'm definitely a midfielder", he told Sky Sports News. "If you have players consistently performing well then they will attract attention from other clubs".

England global and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli is good enough to play for any club in the world, according to Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, himself a former Tottenham player.

Defender Tyrone Mings is available again after serving out his five-match suspension for a stamp on Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while winger Junior Stanislas could feature having been sidelined by a groin strain.

They now sit 14 points clear of Arsenal, but Pochettino is understandably more concerned about catching Chelsea than earning north London bragging rights. Since the departure of the Europa League, "Tottenham" has won seven fights in a row, five of them with a difference of more than one goal.

Spurs to keep their faint hopes alive on another comfortable afternoon at White Hart Lane.

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