Spurs boss Pochettino blames away record for title failure

Posted February 04, 2018

A number of the Premier League leaders' players have been on the receiving end of controversial tackles in recent months, with manager Pep Guardiola repeatedly calling for referees to provide better protection. Manchester City are 15 points clear of their Red neighbours and have all but seized the trophy. There is one more mini-relegation battle brewing higher up the table. The two teams who might miss out will indeed be relegated to the Europa League next season in all probabilities. Against Tottenham, not only does he have a chance to redeem himself for playing a key role in their loss to Swansea but also to justify his arrival and price tag as well.

The Reds bounced back from two consecutive defeats to win 3-0 at Huddersfield Town on Tuesday. Despite the twin setbacks in terms of results and Philippe Coutinho's untimely departure, Liverpool are in a pretty good position. The Reds are now placed third with 50 points, but Tottenham are not far behind in the fifth spot with 48 points. Liverpool found a victor seven minutes from time with Mario Balotelli scoring his first Premier League goal for the club to earn a 3-2 win.

City face Burnley on Saturday but then do not play again until hosting Leicester the following Saturday, their longest gap between games since the November worldwide break.

Spurs may be without new man Lucas Moura after the winger arrived from PSG in a £25 million deal.

"They sign players that they want".

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Liverpool's Adam Lallana in Action. It remains the most fundamental test of managerial quality.

With only five points separating Manchester United in second and Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs in fifth, the fight for Champions League qualification has rarely been so intense.

Tottenham's superior defence could prove to be the difference in this clash, especially if Alderweireld is fit to start.

Seven of Liverpool's last eight games have ended with more than 2.5 goals.

"I know they have got a very poor record away from home against the top six sides". You don't often keep United as far away from your goal as Spurs did in that game.

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Spurs have not done the league double over their Merseyside opponents since the 2010-11 campaign.

"They have (Mohamed) Salah, (Roberto) Firmino, Mane, plenty of offensive players". His xG per 90 minutes and xA per 90 minutes add up to 1.05, meaning he is sure to contribute a goal every 90 minutes.

Liverpool are unbeaten in 14 Premier League games at Anfield (W8, D6).

Hopefully Virgil van Dijk will have more luck containing the likes of Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son than Lovren did at Wembley in the fall. But he is the one who brings a tremendous creative spark to this Spurs side. Instead, they have one of each - they have the balance between possession and penetration, between assists and goals.

The German's willingness to go forward means Dembele would complement him well - the Belgian rarely ventures forward, having touched the ball just twice in the opposition box all season, though that does not make him your typical defensive midfielder, for his calmness and confidence on the ball is as strong as his willingness to retrieve it.

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Spurs warmed up for the crunch period by taking out Jose Mourinho's big-spending United and Trippier admits the mood inside the camp could scarcely be better. Eriksen didn't feature in the latter two matches.