Sunday 23 October 2016

Monaco no harder than Stoke, insists Pochettino

Matt Law

Published 14/09/2016 | 02:30

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur may have re-created the Wembley pitch in training and been excited to use the Champions League balls and bibs this week, but manager Mauricio Pochettino does not believe the group stage represents a significantly bigger challenge than facing Stoke City.

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Spurs' victory at the Bet365 Stadium was not on the cliched cold Tuesday night, but Pochettino claims performances such as the one they produced last Saturday demonstrate that Spurs are ready for the Champions League and the visit of Monaco to their new European home at Wembley.

"When you're a manager in the Premier League you prove if you're good or not, because the Premier League is the toughest competition in the world," said Pochettino.

"When you compete against Manchester United, City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal, we're talking about the top clubs in the world.

"In the Champions League, we play Monaco, CSKA Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen, and it's just as tough to play against Monaco as it is to play against Stoke, in Stoke.There is nothing to prove."

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It is anticipated that around 85,000 people will attend tonight's game, when Tottenham will light up the Wembley arch and adorn lampposts on Olympic Way in club colours to make the White Hart Lane regulars feel welcome.

Spurs got a pre-match boost when it was confirmed that Eric Dier had finally signed a new five-year contract, while the club are close to agreeing new deals with Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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