Monday , September 26 2022

Tottenham pays for the Summer Transfer window in the Champions League


LONDON, England – Mauricio Pochettino said that Juan Foyth's absence from the Tottenham Champions League list points out the club's mistakes in the summer transfer window and the need to recruit talents of origin.

The teams are limited to 17 non-qualified players in the competition and Spurs has 20 teams in the first team, so Foyth, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Vincent Janssen were not available during the group stage.

Foyth's ineligibility for the Wednesday match with Inter Milan is particularly frustrating for Pochettino, as the young center-back has begun the last three Premier League matches although Jan Vertonghen is ready to return after recovering from an accident of hamstring.

"It's so painful," Pochettino told a press conference. "It is a mistake we made that at this level of football we can not repeat again. For various reasons, we have to find solutions before the season starts.

I think we talked [before] and if you found my speech at the beginning of the season, I was so disappointed because the team was so big.

"When people say you're the only club that has not signed a player, signing another player means picking up another player on the Champions League list. I told you we needed English players, but it was impossible.

"Of course now is the problem and it is so painful to remove the players from the list. [the group stage] and then we hope that in March we can make a new list and include it in the Champions League list.

"I am so disappointed with this situation, I am happy with it, its evolution, will of course play and showed great quality, but I am disappointed that we can not come with him in the Champions League."

Mauricio Pochettino is happy that his players remain humble after they hit Chelsea. Photo by John Walton / PA Images via Getty Images

Tottenham, who is three points behind Inter Milan in Group B, has to beat the Italian side at Wembley in order to have the chance to reach the knock-out stages.

While their task remains difficult, Spurs was very impressive in The success of the Chelsea 3-1 victory – and Pochettino was particularly pleased that his players avoided the comments that followed their previous triumph over a top six opponent in August.

"I was so disappointed after the Manchester United victory at Old Trafford," he said. "I remember a lot of players who were talking about winning the title, and only three points in the beginning, like the others.

"I am pleased that learning to keep humble is the most important thing. Now we have to show tomorrow that we are in a very good way and use the example of the Chelsea show, the most important is to talk on the field and the attitude we see . "

Dele Alli has once again shown his habit of having an impact on Saturday's biggest games, marking his sixth goal in five matches against Chelsea, and Pochettino hopes that 22 years will be similarly decisive against Inter Milano.

"You know Dele, he likes a challenge – every game – and big things," said Pochettino. "He's a winner. His mentality is that he gets bored quickly when he does not feel the pressure and the challenge.

"We laugh very much with Jesus [Perez]. When he is alone with the ball in front of the goal, he is bored. We say, "Oh, that's Dele Alli." But when it is with opposition and pressure, it is unbelievable.

"He is a competitor, he loves this type of game. He likes to compete in a difficult situation."

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