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Pochettino Confirms Key Quartet Will Miss Chelsea Clash

Pochettino Confirms Key Quartet Will Miss Chelsea Clash

Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino said his players must improve their mentality after the London club's hopes of reaching the Champions League knock-out rounds vanished in a 2-1 defeat at Monaco on Tuesday.

Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko wants home matches to be played at White Hart Lane rather than Wembley if Spurs end up in the Europa League.

Pochettino refuted suggestions that they would now revert to White Hart Lane for the lower-profile Europa League.

"I think it's better to be in the Europa League, it would be good for the club".

"Next season we need to play 19 league matches there and Cups and we need to make it our home". But Tottenham have tried to balance the Champions League and Premier League, hoping to take their way of playing with them.

"No, after Gareth Southgate got the job in the national team, we had some meetings with Steve Holland and we talked a lot about what happened last season", Pochettino said.

This section from Matt Law, regarding Spurs' stance on switching Wembley Stadium for White Hart Lane, further cements the club's thoughts on leaving should they qualify for the Europa League. Then we have to make Wembley our home.

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While others might argue that Pochettino was right to rotate and still put a strong enough team out to win the game in France, Burley was having none of it and questioned the thinking behind the decision. In football you always look forward, you can not stop to complain or blame. That is the most important, because the new stadium is coming and we need to move to Wembley next season. And we were playing on Tuesday in Monaco and arrived [home] late, so you can not have a proper week to prepare. Going home would make it easier for us.

"The player needs to focus on playing".

"We have different options", Pochettino continued.

"It's a good challenge for us", the Argentine told reporters during Thursday's pre-game press conference. The Brazilian winger has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge after losing his place to Pedro and has only sporadically made the bench since he was forced to miss Chelsea's win over Leicester City in October due to a family bereavement.

Jan Vertonghen is expected to fill in at left-back.

Manchester United have found a little bit of form again even if they couldn't hold on against Arsenal last week. Since the change in formation, Chelsea have looked like real title contenders and I think they will have too much for Tottenham, especially as the visitors will be missing Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose.

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