Today Spurs are set to travel to Villa Park in a game that they will be hoping to end their poor run of form. After losing to West Ham; being unable to beat a 10-man Arsenal and getting hammered 3-0 away at Dortmund, Spurs need desperately to turn it around as they enter a vital period of the season.
Not only Mauricio Pochettino, but the whole squad the squad, will also be aware of how badly Spurs need to pick up a result.
Thursday’s loss to Dortmund sparked controversy amongst the Tottenham faithful as Mauricio picked a weakened side and he in particular will know how crucial it now is to secure a win today.
Although under immense pressure, Tottenham are by far the favourites for today’s tie. Aston Villa are having their worst ever Premier League season and are sitting at twentieth in the table and nine points from safety.
What the managers said
Mauricio Pochettino, who was named manager of the month for February, has admitted that he is feeling no pressure towards today’s game. He said : “I am not worried, I know the cirumstances.”
Mauricio also stated that he had “no regrets” following Thursdays thrashing at Dortmund.
Remi Garde on the other hand has shown admirable optimism and has said how he believes that a win is possible for Villa today. In his press conference, he said: “Yes we can [stay up]. If you look at Leicester last season they started to win now”.
For Spurs, Danny Rose and Eric Dier are expected to return following minor injuries but Jan Vertonghen and Clinton N’Jie are still out with knee injuries.
Eric Dier is set to return to the first team having been left in London in the midweek fixture
This afternoons fixture will allow both clubs to make a statement as to their intentions for the end of season run up. Spurs must show their rivals that they are still very much in contention for the title race, whilst Villa must prove to the rest of England that they won’t go down without a fight.
Spurs are largely backed to win this game and a win at Villa Park would only add to their dreams of a first ever Premier League title. Come On you Spurs!
Written by Matt Boon