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Champions League has distracted us - Pochettino

Champions League has distracted us - Pochettino

With the Seagulls in search of a shock win to overturn their slump in form, their talisman needs to raise his hand and step up in order to set his side back on the rise.

Football pundit Garth Crooks has slammed Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino for giving up on the Premier League title race this season even though the North London side realistically cannot catch up to leaders Manchester City.

It is not secret when you play Tottenham that your chances of victory often hinge on your ability to stop Harry Kane.

Pochettino claimed Spurs were not worried about Alderweireld's deal as he still has two and a half years left on his current one, although it has been reported there is a £25m release clause and the end of the 2018-19 season.

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It's difficult to be calm and relaxed in that situation. Or if not you must pay double if you want to open them!

Former West Ham United director Gianluca Nani believes Juventus will be the team that progresses to the next round of the Champions League when they face Tottenham Hotspur. So ideally, just one result looks likely, on paper and otherwise, and the hosts should coast to a comfortable 3-0 win on the night. They won't have chosen a trip to Wembley, but they have nothing to lose.

Pochettino recalled being involved in a "massive fight" in the tunnel at half-time of a Paris Saint-Germain match at Ajaccio in Ligue 1, describing the warring players as like "animals fighting".

It remains unclear whether Alderweireld will sign a new contract, and Pochettino said: "Of course it's his decision, it's our decision". If the visitors are to win, they will need to offer an attacking threat and that could come from set-pieces. That said, Spurs showed on Saturday that they can blow teams away, especially those outside of the top-six. The England striker has 13 goals in 14 games in all competitions this season and has scored 50 goals in the calendar year.

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