The Independent London Newspaper
26th April 2019

Pochettino forced to make changes as Spurs face Leverkusen


    Published: 18 October, 2016

    IT took a late, late equaliser from Dele Alli to keep Tottenham’s unbeaten record intact on Saturday at the Hawthorns – after old boy Nacer Chadli’s 82nd-minute strike looked likely to steal all three points for Tony Pulis’s side.

    Alli replied in the 89th minute, after Spurs had bossed the game and peppered the Baggies’ goal with efforts but failed to get past an inspired Ben Foster between the sticks for West Brom.

    Worryingly for Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, Toby Alderweireld was carried off on a stretcher midway through the second half – but reports from Spurs Lodge on Monday suggested the centre-back is suffering from bruising rather than any ligament damage.

    Pochettino is set to give Eric Dier the responsibility for stepping into the Belgian international’s place as he recovers, as Kevin Wimmer is left-footed – and therefore deemed too similar to Jan Vertonghen.

    And the Spurs boss was left to rue a series of chances that his players created in the first half, aware that a victory would have put them top.

    He said: “I think we have improved a lot from last season. That means we are clever, but we must follow in the same way.

    “I think it was unbelievable in the end we didn’t get the three points. But in football sometimes this happens and you need to accept some bad days, like today. I think it is important, not only to be unbeaten in eight games, but to be optimistic for the future, with the way we are playing.”

    Spurs now travel to Germany for tonight’s (Tuesday) tie versus Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, before facing Bournemouth away on Saturday.



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