Mauricio Pochettino hopes his players don’t go on worldwide duty

Tottenham have struggled in the Champions League so far

Tottenham have struggled in the Champions League so far

For most managers having a player with an eye for goal is a great thing, but Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes it could actually be a hindrance to star striker Harry Kane.

They have lost nearly all their big games and have been nowhere near their seductive best, yet they are still in the Champions League, just about, and a win today would take them to within two points of the leaders Manchester City.

"It was a tough game against PSV in the Champions League".

Spurs are now navigating their way through a 13-day stretch that will see them play five matches - culminating in Saturday's clash at Crystal Palace.

'But he is going to learn because I think he is now starting to be really mature because he is still young. That is why we were talking before about Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen and worldwide duty.

Pochettino once compared Kane to compatriot and former team-mate Gabriel Batistuta, and with Tottenham facing Crystal Palace on Saturday, he remains adamant it applies. They have been unfortunate on a few occasions - you should see their expected goals, mate - and have picked up only eight points in 11 games.

Pochettino has masterminded it by using more players than any other side and he finally feels happy with his back-up players.

With Mousa Dembele out for the rest of 2018 it seems likely that Dier will come straight back into the side at Selhurst Park.

However, there's no way that they can keep him out of Gareth Southgate's plans.

Despite Victor Wanyama, Danny Rose, and Jan Vertonghen also missing significant spells this season, Tottenham are off to their best-ever Premier League start, which has seen them take 24 out of a possible 33 points.

"The most important thing is when you players start to feel pressure from their team-mates pushing you to move and be conscious and responsible to increase your level".

"That is a very good thing that happens in teams that need to win".

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