Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

EPL: Pochettino speaks ahead of Chelsea, Tottenham clash

Tottenham Hotspur have not beaten Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge since 1990 when striker Gary Lineker scored the winning goal in a 2-1 league victory Confirmed: Tottenham striker Harry Kane ruled out of Chelsea game with ankle injury
Cary Erickson | 30 March, 2018, 00:36

Harry Kane will be assessed before the weekend, with the striker stepping up his recovery from an ankle injury he picked up in this month's 4-1 win over Bournemouth.

Kane damaged ligaments in his right ankle before the worldwide break and Spurs originally said he would return in April.

They confirmed today that Kane had "stepped up his rehabilitation" and Pochettino will give him every chance of being fit. He is very positive and he is doing very well. "Every day he is improving", said Pochettino. "We are focused on performance and the possibility to be better than them and we have the capacity to win the game", Pochettino added.

"It's hard now to say yes or no".

"I can not say no, but I can not say yes". "After Bournemouth everybody believed it would be a long period out, but the resolution has been fantastic", the coach said.

But Pochettino is not ruling out a return for the striker in Sunday's game.

Notably, the injury report does not mention Dele Alli, who was reportedly carrying a knock in England training that kept him out of both matches, Victor Wanyama, who left worldwide duty with Kenya early for physical reasons to return to London, or Toby Alderweireld, who started and played 90 minutes for Belgium earlier in the week.

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"Of course, [it's] always not only advice, [it] is talk [aimed at] trying to help the players, to help the players when they need to be pushed".

Any game against Chelsea is a huge tie for Tottenham, yet Sunday's game carries huge importance for both sides. But for sure it will be a very tough game.

Pochettino is expecting a passionate contest and said: "I think, to compare with Arsenal, I think it is similar".

"It is always a massive game because it is a London derby".

"But, for us, three points for us will be fantastic".

A win for Spurs would take them eight points clear of Chelsea but a home victory would put the Blues just two points behind Spurs. Harry Winks is also out with an ankle injury of his own.