Bournemouth will be fine despite another defeat, says Howe

Lynette Rowe
October 16, 2017

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen, right, celebrates after scoring a goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at Wembley stadium in London, Saturday Oct. 14, 2017. Guardiola clarified, saying Pochettino had made a mistake while insisting he had not shown Spurs any disrespect.

A game of two halves saw Tottenham languish in possession as they struggled to break down a well-organised Cherries outfit in the first period, however Mauricio Pochettino's side emerged from the break with a sense of urgency as they hit the front in the 46th minute and held on to secure three points at home for the first time this season.

Eriksen has been by far Tottenham's best supporting act during Kane's golden streak and after scoring twice in two games for Denmark over the global break, another here means he now has four in five for club and country.

"Of course, with all the chances he gets he has a bigger chance of scoring".

"It is a team performance and if you have respect you probably don't say it".

Pochettino said after the game about his change: "They [Bournemouth] played so deep in the first half and we made some mistakes in the first half with our positioning and offensive set-up and we found it hard to move the ball quickly and break them down".

"I think it's a team performance". If Harry doesn't score someone else will score.

"I think our performance in the second half was good and we created chances to win".

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Christian Eriksen says Spurs are more than just Harry Kane. It maybe was a joke but I don't know. The team we have built, over the last few seasons, has been nearly the same team every season. We know each other very well.

"We have a strong connection with all the players and a good feeling going into the training ground and the games".

"I hope that he can be involved again as soon as possible but we need to assess him. I guess it doesn't matter how you do it, qualifying is the main thing".

Defoe said: "I didn't expect to start". I think everybody knows that now you should take it with a gram of salt and see what it really is. I don't know if it was.

However, with the ominous task of facing European champions Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night, Spurs' squad depth will be called into question.

"It is a special place and playing Real will be special for any player with the history they have".

Harry Winks' impressive global debut for England should be the catalyst for the youth-team graduate to get a start against Bournemouth, but it will between him and Moussa Sissoko to see who gets the nod.

"Quality and belief - I think we have both so I don't think we should be scared of anything there".

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