Spurs captain praised by fans for excellent display against West Ham

Mauricio Pochettino feels his squad can cope in what is set to be a busy month

Mauricio Pochettino feels his squad can cope in what is set to be a busy month

Tottenham's Belgium worldwide Mousa Dembele has also started training after shaking off a thigh problem while England midfielder Dele Alli, who has been suffering with a hamstring problem, is expected to be back next week.

"It [the break] was a good time for us because we are going to recover a few players, like Christian and Mousa Dembele", Pochettino told a news conference.

Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen all remain out. "There are a lot of games ahead, and it's so important to have almost all the squad fit to compete and play and to give options".

"Lamela was good, [which is] fantastic for him and his belief, and it was three very important points ahead of a tough period we have".

Many fans feel he is playing the best football of his Spurs career and, although Pochettino is happy, he wants to see him sustain his form.

It was one of several notable moments from the hard-working Sissoko, and Pochettino was upbeat about Spurs fans starting to go easier on him following a hard start to life at the club. He is my boss, he is the owner of the club.

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"Today we can say "well done" but if you ask me if I'm happy, yes I'm happy with the result but I think you cannot play with destiny, you need to build the team properly". Instead, other players in this squad have stepped up when it mattered, rising to the occasion and pulling them through.

Tottenham head in to the weekend action sitting fifth in the table but with just two points separating them from top-of-the table Manchester City, Spurs can keep the pressure on their rivals with a win over West Ham on Saturday. "But I need to remind everyone that it is our [joint] best start after eight games - it is the best start in the Premier League for Tottenham".

"After we lost some games, all the alarms started to make a big impact in the perception".

"I am not surprised", Pochettino said.

"He also said that transfers were complicated with several variables so it was not possible to work out in advance how much you could spend in a given window". "Different types of club have the possibility to sign because it is so healthy, the financial [situation] in the Premier League".

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