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Mauricio Pochettino backs Dele Alli to lead Spurs as captain in future

10 February 2017, 01:58 | Marcia Diaz

Mauricio Pochettino backs Dele Alli to lead Spurs as captain in future

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Now, it's Spurs who have separated and sit second, while Liverpool have dropped out of the top four.

Now Alli, 20, is next in line as a vindication of the England midfielder's growing maturity.

They are not on a good run but Liverpool have very good players - for me it's one of the best squads, not only in England but in Europe. It's not a big issue, it's a small problem and we will see.

Tottenham Hotspur now sit second in the Premier League while their bitter rivals Arsenal are fourth.

"But Alli, with his personality and character, maybe he will become a leader in a few years". I think we need to talk about that with more respect to the people that are waiting for the possibility to play.

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Pochettino is just as focussed on keeping matters organised and rock solid at the back as he is with having plenty of leaders on the park. They have been without key players for long periods of time such as Harry Kane, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela. I go into work every day with a smile on my face and that is important.

A 2-0 defeat to Hull City condemned Liverpool to just one win in their past 10 which has nearly certainly condemned hopes of a Premier League challenge. Although, Pochettino deemed the injury to be "minor" with claims that he is recovering well. If you win you are a genius and if you don't win you are criticised. One main concern is that the absence of Rose, combined with Davies' (relative) lack of mobility on the flank may mean trouble against Liverpool, especially if the Reds try and exploit a matchup between Davies and Sadio Mane. Every club has a group who know deep down that if everyone is fit and on form, the realistic hope is for a place on the bench, some cup games, and the odd crack when the first choice in their position needs a breather.

Midfield: I don't expect there to be any changes in the middle of the park so Victor Wanyama should continue alongside Mousa Dembele against Liverpool this weekend.

Playing 24 hours before Chelsea, it provides a rare chance for Spurs put the pressure on their west London rivals. "There are a lot of games ahead, it's true Chelsea take a massive gap - nine points is a massive gap - but there is time", Pochettino states during his pre-match press conference on Thursday.

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