Everton vs. Tottenham: a pre-match word from Mauricio Pochettino

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

Indeed, while the intention will be there for Spurs to keep their key players around, those footballers will want tangible reasons to remain.

Spurs host Everton in their next Premier League match on Saturday.

"We are in a good mood and in a good way to try and compete until the end of the season, to try to be in the top four" Pochettino said.

The Everton winger, 30, was sectioned under the Mental Health Act last May but has not only put his problems behind him, he has openly talked about the issues.

Pochettino paid tribute to Everton's ex-Spurs winger Aaron Lennon for speaking publicly of the mental-health issues he suffered last season.

"The fact Aaron spoke publicly about the issue can inspire people around he world, not only in football, through him or through his behaviour, to get some help", continued Pochettino, who chose to speak in Spanish while his assistant Jesus Perez translated.

"Always for the fans it's important to hear him". "Sure. For me his quality, mentality and professionalism is top".

"I hope he will break every record".

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks will miss Saturday's game against Everton because of an ongoing ankle problem. Or another player signs with two years left.

"We want to start winning trophies so that's the aim". The manager believes that opportunities to make shrewd January signings are limited.

Chelsea and Liverpool have already added to their squads this month, signing Ross Barkley and Virgil van Dijk respectively, while the Manchester clubs are vying for the signature of Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, whom Arsene Wenger has said he will replace if he leaves.

It was then suggested to Pochettino that he has said Harry Kane could stay at Spurs for his entire career. "It's not the profile of a typical offensive player - he is special", Pochettino replied.

While Spurs received decent money for both stars, at the moment the club feels in a stronger position to keep their best players.

A tempestuous night at Anfield witnessed a more progressive display from Everton than they offered during their visit in December, but it proved insufficient as a late goal burst their cup dreams for another year.

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