Mauricio Pochettino spoke to the media ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League clash at Bournemouth on Saturday. A win for Spurs would see them go top of the league as the other clubs fighting for top spot play later and on Sunday. He touched on that, as well as Vincent Janssen’s struggles for goal and Harry Kane’s return from injury.
Pochettino on Vincent Janssen’s failure to find the back of the net: “We need to give him time. He’s young, coming from the Netherlands and always the players coming from outside need time. He brings different characteristics to the team. I’m happy with his behaviour and how he is playing. It’s true that we would all be more happy if he scores, but it’s a normal process. He’s always focused, trying to improve and work hard. That is the way to arrive at scoring in the game.
We are very happy with him. He’s settled in the team, a very good professional, trying to score and play well. It’s a natural process that he needs to go through. It’s not a problem, he’s a good player and was the top scorer in the Netherlands and there is no doubt about his quality. He’s disappointed because even if you play well as a striker, it can feel as though you’re incomplete unless you score. Like something is missing. He wants to show he has the quality to score, and maybe puts a lot of pressure on himself to score. But we need to calm him, ensure he works hard we are sure that he will score.”
Pochettino on Harry Kane’s recovery from injury: “We’re happy with him because he’s going very well. He has started to touch the ball and perform some exercises with the sport science (department). He’s positive and we assess him every day…not available this weekend. But as soon as we have the confirmation that he is available, I will explain this.”
On Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose: “The scan is clear but he still feels pain in his leg. He’s recovering well but we need to wait. It’s not a big issue but a heavy knock on his leg. We need to judge how he reacts every day. Danny Rose will be assessed…his foot is bruised and we will determine tomorrow whether he is available.”
On being one of the strongest Premier League squads: “The squad mentality and spirit is very strong. Quality is subjective…many teams think they have the best squad. It’s important for our players to believe they are as strong as the others.”
On upcoming fixtures: “Every game is important, the next game ahead is the most important. The connotation is different for our fans for the various, but this next game and taking the three points (is key). It’s a big motivation for us to finish the game, take the three points and be on top of the table. To have better motivation than that is impossible. It’s a good opportunity to see us on top but first of all we need to win the game and it will be very tough.”
Spurs will go to top spot on Saturday with a win against Bournemouth. Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City are the other sides fighting for this position on matchday 9.