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Pochettino and Conte.

The brilliant tweet that sums up why Pochettino is doing better than Conte

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Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham side produced a hugely impressive performance at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night.

They took the lead through a Raphael Varane own goal but had to settle for a draw following a Cristiano Ronaldo equaliser.

Young Harry Winks was given a starring role in the heart of Tottenham's midfield in the absence of Moussa Dembele, Victor Wanyama and Dele Alli.

The 21-year-old has since revealed how he produced a performance far beyond his years against Madrid duo Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

“Modric was always someone I looked up to when I was coming through the academy as a young player,” recalled Winks, as per the Evening Standard. “He is someone I would go to White Hart Lane to watch and I still admire him to this day. To play against him was special.

“He and Kroos are fantastic, world-class players, so when you go on the pitch with them, it is easy to get a little bit daunted. But I tried to take all that away from it, treat it as any normal game and approach them as I would any other player. You realise just how good they are when you play against them.”

Meanwhile, rivals Chelsea - who won the league last season - are stuttering following back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Crystal Palace.

Antonio Conte was understandably furious after they were beaten 2-1 by bottom-of-the-table Palace on Saturday afternoon.

Crystal Palace v Chelsea - Premier League

Key players have been sidelined with hamstring injuries over the last few weeks and the Chelsea manager was moaning about his "thin" squad ahead of their Champions League meeting with Roma.

A journalist named Simon Austin delivered a brilliant tweet on Wednesday morning which perfectly highlights the difference between Pochettino and Conte.

Chelsea and Tottenham fans alike were giving the tweet a lot of love on social media.

Conte complains about his squad

"The situation is difficult," said Conte ahead of their clash with Roma. "We have to play every three days, and it’s not simple. Also because, in this moment, we are ‘thin’ and we have to play always the same players. Honestly, there is this type of risk to have other injuries. I hope not. But the best way, now, for us is to go game by game, and then to decide every game which is the best formation, and sometimes to take risks or not about our players.

Chelsea Training Session

“The problem is we are playing always the same players. We have players in our team who are not used to playing three games in a week. For Kanté it’s the first time. For Moses, the first time. For Morata, it’s the first time to play regularly for his team. For Marcos Alonso it’s the same.

“When you have a lot of games, you need to rotate players. If this is not possible, I have to take risks."

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