Dele Alli bids to recover form, and to feature against APOEL Nicosia

Dele Alli bids to recover form, and to feature against APOEL Nicosia

But the 21-year-old has only found the net once in the Premier League since August, having hit 18 league goals last season, and Alli accepted his recent domestic displays could have been better. I am my own biggest critic. "We are going to rest some players, but Dele is going to play".

"Obviously I would like to be at my highest level in every single game and every training session but I don't think that's possible", said the England midfielder. I think it's been a good opportunity for me to learn more about myself as a player and as a person, so I'm looking forward and I've got to keep enjoying it.

"I don't know what people say (about us), but of course when you don't win and you play for or manage Spurs there's always going to be criticism", said Pochettino. Spurs have sealed top spot in Group H, beating Real Madrid at Wembley and taking six points against Borussia Dortmund. "When you're not able to play, it's a disgusting feeling".

Playing regularly and helping his temporary side to battle for vital points would be a hugely beneficial experience for Edwards and would enable him to return to Tottenham next season ready to push for a place in the first-team set-up. "I wanted to give him the opportunity before but it was impossible". That is why they deserve it, they have the quality as well in the position that we are looking to try to help the team tomorrow. Missing the first three games was frightful for me.

"But I am happy with his contribution".

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Kane, Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier and Hugo Lloris were all absent from training yesterday, with Pochettino confirming only those involved at Hotspur Way are in contention.

Fernando Llorente, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Juan Foyth are expected to be given a chance in the dead rubber.

One academy player who will not be included is 19-year-old winger Marcus Edwards, who Pochettino compared to Lionel Messi ahead of his first-team debut last season.

"Manchester City have created a gap, but I'm sure the team will improve and take many lessons from this run".