Tottenham boss Pochettino insists Llorente has his total 'trust'

Tottenham have already qualified as the winners of Group H after taking 13 points from their five group games so far, allowing Pochettino to shuffle his pack.

"But of course I accept that, I try to learn after every game, but I think in the last two or three seasons Spurs have been very competitive".

"Dele [Alli] will start", he said. "We have a lot of games ahead and some players need to rest". He is fresh to play. "Beating Real Madrid was a massive statement", Alli added.

Dele Alli has played down Tottenham Hotspur's poor Premier League form by stressing that a dip in form is not unusual for any team.

"I think I am my own biggest critic", Alli said. "I'd like to be at my highest level in every game and training session, but that isn't possible".

"There's nothing to worry about for us".

"When people criticise us, my staff and my team, that always makes you stronger, and sometimes that's good".

But, despite scoring twice in the 3-1 win over defending European champions Real Madrid, he has generally struggled to recreate that form this term.

Boss Mauricio Pochettino is using the game to rest a number of players with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, defender Kieran Trippier, midfielders Eric Dier and Christian Eriksen, and striker Harry Kane, all given the night off.

"No, I'm not anxious because the performances were good", he said.

"We're completely different, we're not in the last stage (of our development)".

"We are focused on this game because it's so important to win, important to finish the Champions League well and it's so important to build our momentum again".

"I think always it's important to assess the players and be sure that some players need to rest because they are so exhausted and they need to breathe a little bit".

Vanessa Coleman

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