Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Pochettino to hand Spurs youngsters Champions League chance

Pochettino to hand Spurs youngsters Champions League chance

David Ginola has told TalkSPORT that he believes Mauricio Pochettino will be expecting a lot more from Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Dele Alli, as his form begins to coincide with Spurs' recent run of results.

Spurs had laboured to a 1-1 draw at Watford on Saturday, their fourth Premier League match in a row without a victory, and will host APOEL Nicosia in their final Champions League group game tonight.

Pochettino added that the club's academy players such as 18-year-old striker Kazaiah Sterling and 20-year-old midfielder Luke Amos will be part of the squad.

With Tottenham having only won one of their last five games in all competitions, Pochettino said Luke Amos and Kazaiah Sterling will be among those involved against the Cypriot side, who can not qualify but are battling with Borussia Dortmund for third place. Then it's a great opportunity to show to the gaffer and the fans that they are available to play and can be regularly in the starting XI.

Alli's best performances this season have come in the Champions League, with the England global scoring a brace against Real Madrid and starring in a 2-1 win at Dortmund.

"We expect so much from big talent and Dele Alli is one of them and is definitely a huge talent", Ginola said.

"Obviously I would like to be at my highest level in every single game and every training session but I don't think that's possible", said the England midfielder.

"It's not unusual for a team to have a dip in form".

"When people criticise us, my staff and my team, that always makes you stronger, and sometimes that's good".

"No, I'm not anxious because the performances were good", he said.

"But of course I accept that, I try to learn after every game, but I think in the last two or three seasons Spurs have been very competitive".

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