Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has stressed the importance of his side’s must-win trip to Sunderland as the north London club bid to keep the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Spurs, who are nine points adrift of their London rivals, head to the Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening to face David Moyes’ troubled team on the back of a seven-match unbeaten league run.
Chelsea will travel to Liverpool in what is likely to be a tricky test for Antonio Conte’s side. Spurs meanwhile, will be expected to take all three points from a Sunderland outfit rooted to the foot of the table.
“For me every game is important in the Premier League and we are in a position where it’s important to get the three points,” Pochettino said.
“It’s a tough game because Sunderland need points, too and always it’s tough to play in the Premier League but our objective is to get the three points to be close to the top, to keep our position, and maybe improve.
“The three points are important for them but they are very important for us, and we have to be aware of the pressure that we need to win, because at the end of the season we need to fight for big things.
“It will bring us the possibility to improve our position and to be nearer the top of the table. So, it is a very important game.”
Striker Harry Kane, who missed the dramatic 4-3 victory against Wycombe through injury, is back and available for Spurs, with Pochettino expects to field his strongest line-up following a raft of changes for last Saturday’s FA Cup tie.
Defenders Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose – both absent for the cup clash – are also set to start.
Pochettino is yet to add to his squad this month, and the Argentine does not expect any new faces before the window closes at midnight on Tuesday.
“It’s nought point nought one per cent the possibility to sign (a player),” Pochettino said. “We are happy with the squad, I am happy, and I think in the next four months we will be all right until May.
“It’s not too much time to bring players from different leagues or from a club in England that can adapt to a different style or philosophy and can help us.
“We are involved in three competitions, and it’s up to us to finish well and try to achieve our objectives.”
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