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Tottenham round-up: Pochettino rallying cry for Dortmund; Eriksen can “fill void” left by Alli; Carabao Cup opponents discovered

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has issued a rallying cry ahead of his side’s Champions League opener with Borussia Dortmund, urging them to learn from last season’s mistakes.

The north London outfit were eliminated from a favourable group containing CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco after just five games, struggling to adapt to European football at Wembley.

But the Argentine has insisted that their failures of last season will only make them even more determined this time around, despite being in a group with current holders Real Madrid and Dortmund.

Talking prior to their opener on Wednesday, Pochettino said:

“It was our first experience of the Champions League last season – previously 98% or 99% of the players played in the Europa League.

“That experience is important. We know what the competition demands of you. It was a very painful experience but, today, there’s not an excuse. We need to be ready.”

And he continued to say that nothing less than three points will do against Dortmund:

“Last season, after the first game at home against Monaco [where Tottenham lost 2-1] it was difficult to change the dynamic. This game against Dortmund is so important. To start well will be key to the future. It is like a final.”

In other news, former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard has claimed that Christian Eriksen can fill the void left by Dele Alli’s absence and lead Tottenham to victory over the Germans.

Alli will serve the first of his three-match suspension following his dismissal in Tottenham’s last European match against Gent in the Europa League, in a game where Spurs shockingly crashed out.

In a column for the Evening Standard, Lampard said:

“Being without a player of Alli’s quality through suspension is never ideal, yet Eriksen is the one I expect to step up. I saw Spurs’ win over Everton at the weekend and he was fantastic in midfield, creating chances and dictating play.”

And lastly, Tottenham have been handed a Carabao Cup tie against Championship side Barnsley after they came out on top in a rescheduled second-round encounter with Derby on Tuesday evening.

Derby’s first-round tie against Grimsby was delayed due to adverse weather conditions – hence the late completion last night’s match – and Adam Hammill’s 88th minute winner sealed a dramatic victory.

Barnsley will now take the trip to Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night to face their Premier League opponents in the third-round, with boss Pochettino expected to ring the changes for the home side.

Will is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from the University of Salford, specialising in the art of sports. Long-time suffering Northampton Town fan who once saw us win a league title. Find him on Twitter - @96PearsonW.

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Alireza Jahanbakhsh perfect alternative to Malcom if Tottenham miss out

The Iran international scored 22 league goals last season.

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Tottenham Hotspur are edging closer to signing Brazilian starlet Malcom from Bordeaux with the 21-year-old keen to make the switch from Ligue 1 to the Premier League, according to The Sun.

However, despite the apparent interest from Spurs, no formal bid has been made by the North London side and, considering the rife competition for the youngster’s signature from around Europe, other alternatives should be considered.

This is where Iranian World Cup star Alireza Jahanbakhsh comes into the mix. The talented 24-year-old forward could be the perfect alternative to Malcom if Spurs miss out on signing the Brazilian starlet.

You only have to look as far back as last season to see the quality Jahanbakhsh possesses. Plying his trade in the Eredivisie with AZ Alkmaar the forward managed to notch up an impressive 22 goals and 14 assists in 39 appearances for the Dutch side.

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This killer instinct in front of goal is something Spurs have been craving to lift some of the pressure off of talisman Harry Kane’s shoulders in recent seasons.

Furthermore the Iranian international has to ability to play anywhere along the front three and is equally capable of playing with both feet, two traits which led to Spurs’ interest in Malcom in the first place.

However, despite the forwards fantastic record and undeniable talent, there will always be an element of risk when requiring a player from the Dutch top flight, with many players in the past failing to step up and settle into life in the Premier League.

Nevertheless, Jahanbakhsh’ World Cup performances for Iran proved he is more than capable of stepping up to play on the big stage. This is something Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino should consider if they miss out on signing Malcom.

It remains to be seen whether or not Tottenham will land the signature of Bordeaux’s Malcom. However, if they don’t, Jahanbakhsh could prove to be a savvy bit of business and a cheaper alternative.

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Plenty of Tottenham fans react on Twitter to Dejan Lovren’s World Cup dismay

The Liverpool defender lost the World Cup final to France earlier today.

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Dejan Lovren has somehow developed a troubled relationship with the fanbase of Tottenham Hotspur. It seemed to develop after he was torn apart by Harry Kane in October during Spurs’ 4-1 victory at Wembley.

That was the turning point in his Liverpool career and Lovren has been in much better form ever since that fateful day.

The World Cup started the debate once again.

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When England faced Croatia in the semi-finals Tottenham’s Kane struggled to get the better of the Liverpool man who put in a stellar performance.

It led Lovren to dub himself one of the best in the world and Tottenham fans were not fond of that statement, especially with Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in their ranks.

Lovren did not have his best game today. France scored four goals as they won the World Cup. Lovren played average, but will not be pleased with how the game panned out.

Tottenham fans loved it. The result also meant their captain Hugo Lloris, who himself made a massive error in the game, lifted the World Cup for the first time.

It led many Tottenham fans to revel in the misery of their apparent rival…

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Gomes hopes, Lozano working on deal Lloris glory

All the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

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Gomes wants Spurs

Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes wants a move to Tottenham Hotspur this summer, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The report claims the 24-year-old is on his way out of Barcelona, after being dropped by Ernesto Valverde last season.

His preferred destination is said to be Tottenham, where he would relish the chance to work with Mauricio Pochettino.

However, it is not known if Tottenham hold a serious interest in the Portuguese international.

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Lozano’s agent at work

Don Balon is reporting that Mexico winger Hirving Lozano has sent his agent to discuss a move to Tottenham.

The PSV Eindhoven attacker impressed at the World Cup and has been linked with a big move this summer.

The Mexican is, in fact, hopeful, according to the report, that the interest from Tottenham can spark a bidding war from Barcelona and Real Madrid.

World Cup glory

Tottenham have double the reason to celebrate on the final day of the World Cup. Their captain Hugo Lloris has won the World Cup with his nation France. Les Bleus defeated Croatia 4-2 in Moscow this evening to secure their second triumph. Lloris however, had a moment to forget, being tackled for Mario Mandzukic for Croatia’s second goal.

Harry Kane is now the Golden Boot winner. He scored six goals at the tournament and nobody from Croatia or France managed to catch him.

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