Champions League: Tottenham still not a top European team, says boss

Troy Deeney of Watford is challenged by Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Watford and Tottenham Hotspur at Vicarage Road

Champions League: Tottenham still not a top European team, says boss

He is fresh to play.

Tottenham Hotspur have revealed they will be without key trio Toby Alderweireld, Victor Wanyama and Erik Lamela ahead of the visit of APOEL Nicosia, in Spurs' UEFA Champions League game at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday evening. But midfielder Dele Alli, who missed the first three group matches due to suspension, will start and academy graduates Luke Amos and Kazaiah Sterling have been included in the squad. "Tomorrow's a great opportunity for (other) players to show the fans they deserve a place in the team".

Alli's best performances this season have come in the Champions League, with the England global scoring a brace against Real Madrid and starring in a 2-1 win at Dortmund. However, Pochettino believes his players may have taken their eyes off the ball in the Premier League.

"We expect so much from big talent and Dele Alli is one of them and is definitely a huge talent", Ginola said.

"Obviously I would like to be at my highest level in every single game and every training session but I don't think that's possible. It's important that I keep working hard and trying every day to learn and improve as a player".

His drop in form has been attributed to distractions off the pitch and particularly his hunt for new representation - a number of top sporting agencies have been fighting to sign the 21-year-old after he split with his agent Rob Segal in August.

"No, I'm not anxious because the performances were good", he said. "We are frustrated because the results are not good but it's not about the performances".

"He has some possibility to score in the last few games but he didn't".

"Tottenham needs Alli and Pochettino needs him to assist more goals and to get more involved in the game, we knows he is capable but now he needs to prove it".

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