Speaking at a press conference this afternoon Mauricio Pochettino has said Tottenham Hotspur players can cope in absence of Toby Alderweireld after the centre-back was ruled out for a further two months.
The Belgium internationals absence has been felt in recent weeks as he is a vital component at the back for the Lilywhites, however he will not return to action before February due to a hamstring strain suffered at the beginning of November.
However Mauricio is confident that he has replacements to step up in the coming weeks, with key games against Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal on the horizon while also revealed his thoughts on the contract situation involving Alderweireld.
“I think with him or without him we win and we lose. Of course the manager always wants all the players to be fit to play like [Victor] Wanyama, Danny Rose or [Erik] Lamela before.: Pochettino said
He added: Always you are going to miss the players that are not fit but that is normal. But for me football is about the team, it is not about individual players.
He continued: “Of course some players have more influence on the team but I think we have a good enough squad and players that can play, and win or lose it is about the quality of performance if we miss one or another player.
With regards the contract situation for Alderweireld, Pochettino said “The contract? That is his decision, it’s our decision, he still has two years on his contract, and we are looking forward to him playing and to him staying here. The players are showing their commitment. I am so calm how Daniel Levy drives everything and manages the contracts of the players and yes I am not worried or concerned about this.”
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