Pochettino: Premier League more important than FA Cup

Lewis Cook of AFC Bournemouth tackles Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur at Vitality Stadium

Dele Alli is world's best 21-year-old, says Mauricio Pochettino

Alli, 21, has been named the PFA Young Player of the Year in the past two seasons and is enjoying another good campaign for Spurs. That's it. In the world. Comparing with other players, of his Pochettino asserted that there is no one close to the 21-year-old in Europe, not even the likes of Anthony Martial, Kylian Mbappe and Marcus Rashford. But, they should have enough firepower to see this one through and we at the Hard Tackle predict a 2-0 win for the visitors. Spurs are now 15 matches unbeaten against the Welsh club, as Pochettino names four changes to the side who beat Rochdale in the previous round.

A return to action in April gives him plenty of time to find form before spearheading the Three Lions' bid for World Cup glory in Russian Federation. But better than him? "Will do everything I can to get back out there asap", Kane wrote. "Maybe I am not objective but for me, he is wonderful, all that he is doing".

The England forward suffered the problem during Sunday's 4-1 win at Bournemouth, and a scan to establish a clearer picture of the full extent of his injury had been delayed because of swelling around the joint.

"Yes, but this season".

According to Hamann, however, Bayern are keen to turn to Pochettino if Heynckes chose to end his interim term at the Allianz Arena at the end of the season. Sane is exactly nine months older and has already turned 22.

Mauricio Pochettino has named a strong Tottenham XI to face Swansea City with Son Heung-min starting in place of the injured Harry Kane. And we never criticise him. "In his age. In his form". Tottenham will be wanting him to give a good display ahead of what is likely to be an extended run in the team for the Spaniard.

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And secondly, the report claims that the 26-year-old does not get on well with his teammates, but four more so than the others. Meanwhile, the 26-year-old is now injured, and continues to undergo his recovery back in Brazil.

That makes the task of Alfie Mawson just that little bit simpler, although the English side still possess a potent array of attacking talent and are clear favourites.

We expect more from him? OK. We haven't had too many conversations about it.

"We always want more but from the day he made his debut for Tottenham he has been one of the best in the world", Pochettino added.

"He's a fantastic player".

Spurs' experience in 2008 would also support his view - having won the League Cup, the Lilywhites took just two points from their first eight league matches the following season. I promise you that I am the most critical person with my players. "But it is hard to criticise Dele".

Alli, however, remains a doubt for today's FA Cup quarter-final at Swansea due to a tight groin.

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