Mauricio Pochettino: Rivals lacked faith in my Spurs

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Training with the Under-23's is as soul destroying for the misfiring striker as the tantalising prospect of him being one injury to a fellow Spurs player away from being recalled to the first team.

Son's return to the side was a big boost for Spurs, who had looked toothless without him, Kane and Dele Alli in recent weeks.

The Spurs boss was encouraged by the rehabilitation of Kane, with Fernando Llorente continuing to lead the line in the England captain's absence.

"Of course I wanted to strengthen the squad but if we can not sign, I need to stick with the project of the club", Pochettino told his weekly news conference. I am just trying to stay as positive as possible.

"I think Pochettino's done a fantastic job and loads of the players he's got have improved year on year".

"Also I'm so happy because Fernando worked so hard in the last four games after the injury of Harry Kane". We believe in ourselves.

Despite recently taking over at Chelsea from Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri is now under pressure this season in the Premier League.

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Brilliant boys and if needed we would have played them tonight, but that's not flawless in the moment. As I said, the preparation for the game was far away from being ideal and we still got a point.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has praised Chelsea over the decision to let striker Michy Batshuayi join fellow London side Crystal Palace before the end of the just concluded January transfer window.

If people on the outside did not have faith, then Pochettino did.

Regardless, it seems likely the Lilywhites will be without Georges-Kevin Nkoudou for the next few months with the winger expected to depart Hotspur Way to sign for a club on loan.

"It is a massive result to be in a very good position in the table", AFP quoted Pochettino as saying.

"I am going to talk with my chief scout Steve Hitchen".

That would, of course, mean the search for a new manager would be on and reports suggest the Blues would go for Pochettino. An attacking change was made on the hour mark with Llorente replacing Lucas and we continued to be the dominant force in the game, going literally inches from scoring in the 65th minute.

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