Mauricio Pochettino defends Tottenham after lacklustre draw

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Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that Tottenham's tough goalless draw away at Partizan Belgrade will help the club get to where they want to be, namely the Champions League, according to the Daily Mirror.

The stalemate

Spurs battled a hostile atmosphere and terrible playing surface to pick up a solid point in Serbia, although the game itself was not one for the purists. Pochettino, however, preferred to look at the positives of such a challenge.

Pochettino belief

“I’ve played in a number of atmospheres that were as intimidating or even more so than the one we faced in Belgrade. But most of my players had not and they coped with it very well," Pochettino said.

“That is one of the positive things to come out of the game. If we want to get the club to where we want to be, we will have to facemany different and difficult situations like we did at Partizan.

“The experience of playing in a match like this with that kind of atmosphere will only stand us in good stead for the future. If we can play there we can play anywhere.”

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The clash against WBA

Tottenham face West Brom on Sunday, with the likes of Younes Kaboul, Danny Rose, Christian Eriksen and Emmanuel Adebayor set to return to the starting line up.

“It’s important we beat West Bromwich Albion so we can stay in touch with the other teams at the top of the table,” said Pochettino.“West Brom are getting better game by game and we know they will make it hard for us.

“We have to remain focused on what we need to do so we can compete with the same intensity we played in the first two matches. We need to be more clinical in both penalty areas.”

At the moment Andros Townsend is the only doubt for the Spurs boss, following the dead-leg he picked up against Partizan. The winger may be forced to sit out altogether given Spurs' congested fixture list which is just around the corner, but Pochettino will no doubt still be expecting his team to come away with a positive result.

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