The Mail says Mauricio Pochettino insists his team we will not be out for revenge when they host West Ham United on Thursday night, our second game in 48 hours.
The article describes how we were 2-0 up against West Ham at Wembley in October, before a brace from Andre Ayew and an Angelo Ogbonna header sent Pochettino’s men tumbling out of the Carabao Cup.
It goes on to say following our 2-0 win at Swansea, the team are determined not to make the same mistakes again.
“The Carabao Cup was not bottom of our priorities at all,” said Pochettino. “It was 2-0 at half time and we believed the game was over. It was 3-2 in the end and it was a massive mistake.
He added: “But this game is not about revenge. Now it is the Premier League and we need to win because we have to fight for the top four. It is so important to get three points.I would sign now to be two goals up at half time and then we need to be more clever. West Ham have improved a lot with David Moyes and I think it will be very testing.”
Fernando Llorente and Dele Alli strikes secured us victory over Swansea and the article adds that Harry Kane is set to return in place of Llorente against West Ham after appearing from the bench in south Wales.
It adds Kane has already scored 18 Premier League goals this season and that skipper Hugo Lloris said: “Harry maybe needed a bit of rest and will now be ready for the derby. At this period of the season I think we have the quality in our squad to make some rotation.It isn’t easy to play two games in 48 hours and it was important to get the three points at Swansea. Now it is all about the recovery because the next game is coming so quickly.”
The article also adds that we are targeting a fourth straight win as they look to move into the Champions League places. “We hope Harry will be ready to come back,” Pochettino said. “It will be difficult for the players. We will make changes and now is the opportunity to play with the squad.”
Lloris also added: “We know every game is important from now to the end of the season and we will be trying even harder on Thursday because it is a derby match. It means more for the fans and we will try to make them happy with a good performance.”
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