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Thursday 8 December 2016

Pochettino positive Spurs can gain Potters revenge

Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino is confident Tottenham will today exact revenge on Stoke after defeats home and away last season.

During a topsy-turvy first season at the White Hart Lane helm, one of the undoubted troughs for the former Argentina international came in November's home clash with the Potters.

That 2-1 home defeat was Spurs' third loss in four league games and led pressure to mount on Pochettino - a sticky period he survived and moved on from, leading the club to the Capital One Cup final and a fifth-placed finish.

Stoke once again exposed the north Londoners' soft underbelly before the season was out, though, winning 3-0 in May, giving Pochettino even more motivation to triumph when the sides meet again.

"It's true the last two games that we played at White Hart Lane and the Britannia Stadium we lost, but it's a good opportunity to take our revenge," Pochettino said.

"It's a different season, we're happy with our performance - disappointed with the result - against Manchester United but I think the way we played, our performance was good.

"We need to show on Saturday that we deserved more."

Spurs were without a number of key players last weekend as they opened the season with a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford.

However, those injury issues have eased markedly since then, with Danny Rose, Andros Townsend, Alex Pritchard and, most importantly, Hugo Lloris fit to face the Potters.

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