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Brighton's Gaetan Bong, left, and Brighton's Jose Izquierdo celebrate after winning the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Brighton and Hove Albion at London Stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Brighton's Glenn Murray , center, celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Brighton and Hove Albion at London Stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

West Ham's head coach Slaven Bilic reacts after his team lost the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Brighton and Hove Albion at London Stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Brighton's Glenn Murray , center, celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Brighton and Hove Albion at London Stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

PL Preview: Southampton vs. West Brom

It's a battle of mid-table sides as Southampton hosts West Bromwich Albion in a key Premier League match.

PL Preview: Southampton vs. West Brom

It's a battle of mid-table sides as Southampton hosts West Bromwich Albion in a key Premier League match.

PL Preview: Southampton vs. West Brom

It's a battle of mid-table sides as Southampton hosts West Bromwich Albion in a key Premier League match.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola's top the Premier League table with seven wins out of eight matches as of October 20, 2017

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola's top the Premier League table with seven wins out of eight matches as of October 20, 2017

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola's top the Premier League table with seven wins out of eight matches as of October 20, 2017

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola's top the Premier League table with seven wins out of eight matches as of October 20, 2017 (AFP Photo/Oli SCARFF )

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte ready to get tough with dissenters 

Antonio Conte has warned his Chelsea squad they must stick together as they attempt to avoid a third successive Premier League defeat and a repeat of the dressing room problems that ended Jose Mourinho’s reign. David Luiz was visibly unhappy at being substituted against Roma in the Champions League, despite suffering a slight calf injury, and waved his arms in the air before heading straight down the tunnel for treatment. Chelsea head coach Conte is believed to have been concerned enough with the reaction to remind Luiz and his team-mates that he will not accept such behaviour ahead of Saturday’s clash against in-form Watford. Luiz was filmed smiling and striking a familiar pose as he walked on to the training pitch on Friday, which suggested there has been no fall-out between the 30-year-old and Conte. But Conte has no intention of seeing his management undermined and will not tolerate the sort of widespread disharmony that plagued Mourinho’s Chelsea title defence and resulted in the Portuguese being sacked. Any player who is caught questioning any of his decisions in future is likely to be dropped. Chelsea blamed “palpable discord between manager and players” for the decision to dismiss Mourinho in Dec 2015, but remain confident recent results under Conte will improve. Conte will be hoping for an improvement in fortune when they meet Watford Credit: REUTERS It was in the final months of Mourinho’s second spell at the club that Chelsea last lost three successive Premier League games and the club head into the clash against Watford on the back of defeats to Manchester City and Crystal Palace. The situation Chelsea find themselves in represents a swift downturn in fortunes since the Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid just over three weeks ago that left owner Roman Abramovich delighted. Other than celebrating the result, Abramovich was said to have purred over Chelsea’s performance and the fact they took the game to Atletico and dominated their hosts. Conte refused to disclose whether he has been in communication with Abramovich since the Atletico victory, but insisted he did not need any public backing from Chelsea. “I think that, about my talks with the club, it's right to keep them secret,” said Conte. “It's not important to tell the press. I think, honestly, it must be in this way. This is the right way. “The support is my job. The support is my job, my work. This is only my support. I know only this support in my experience. I don't know other support. I have to put all myself into the job. If this is enough, it's okay. If it's not enough, (shrugs). But the only support I know is my job.” 20 best players in the Premier League: August 2017 Conte’s job has been made harder by injuries to N’Golo Kante, Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater, while Tiemoue Bakayoko has been struggling to get over a groin problem suffered against Roma. The absences have limited Conte’s options to rotate as he attempts to juggle Premier League and Champions League campaigns, but the former Juventus manager foresaw his problems before the season started. Having warned in pre-season that this could be one of his most difficult challenges, following a title-winning first season at Chelsea, Conte said: “I was a magician to anticipate it. Honestly, I think to anticipate some difficult situations is not for all. “But, for sure, you hope. You hope you won't have problems in your season. But, I repeat, I stay here to work. I stay here to put all myself into this club, for the fans and the players. Me and my staff. “I'm a person who is not afraid to face the difficulties. My history speaks very clearly on that. I fought in the relegation zone. I started my career very badly, my first experience, but I understood and learned a lot about this. I repeat. I have experience, a lot of experience, as a player and as a coach of facing this type of situation. But I was a magician to anticipate.” Which Premier League striker would you pick in your fantasy XI? Conte this week responded to Mourinho’s jibe over rival managers “crying” about injuries by telling the Manchester United manager to stop talking about Chelsea. On Friday, he insisted he did not regret biting back but refused to be drawn further into a row. Conte said: “Regret? Why? I think every coach, every manager has to talk about his job, about himself, about his team, about his players. Not the other [team's players]. My answer is always the same. Every coach must be focused on his own work. That's the best way. “For me, this is a stupid subject. A stupid issue. It's fun to see your interest in this. I'm surprised about this, honestly.” Roma have been charged by Uefa after a section of their travelling supporters allegedly directed monkey chants at Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger during the Champions League draw between the two clubs. The complaint was made by the Football Against Racism in Europe group and the case will be dealt with by the Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on Nov 16.

Mauricio Pochettino happy to prove the doubters wrong after tactical revamp in Madrid

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that some people close to Tottenham Hotspur questioned his team selection for the Champions League tie away to Real Madrid – saying “what the F” – only to tell him he was a “genius” after the 1-1 draw against the European champions. Ahead of the Premier League fixture at home to Liverpool on Sunday, when the Spurs manager said he could again change the shape of his line-up, Pochettino said it was a lesson not to doubt him and to “trust” in what he is doing at the club. “It was amazing because some people very close to us said, ‘Can we be honest with you?’” Pochettino explained. “I said, ‘Yes’. They said ‘When we saw the starting XI… what the F? What happened? What is going on in his mind?’ “And then after 10 minutes at the end of the game, they say, ‘Oh, you are a genius’. I say, ‘Okay, thank you’.  “It’s too difficult to explain what we want in every single game to try to find. It’s not easy to explain to you or to relate to the fans. It’s about trust.  “It’s about the feeling that the manager and the coaching staff, when deciding the starting XI or the way to play, is always to try to win.” Tottenham have picked up seven points from their first three Champions League matches Credit: ACTION IMAGES Impressively Pochettino made light of the absence of Victor Wanyama, Ben Davies, Mousa Dembele and the suspended Dele Alli against Real and played two strikers with Fernando Llorente alongside Harry Kane in a 3-5-2 formation. He said it was another sign of just how much his squad is developing. “I hear Tottenham don’t have a Plan B or C,” Pochettino said. “But the most important thing is to have a plan and keep the philosophy and identity of the team. We need to provide the team with different options to play. It is a risk to only play one way so I am proud our players believe and accept we can play in different ways.” Spurs have embarked on a crucial run of fixtures, starting with Real and now facing Liverpool, a London derby against West Ham United in the Carabao Cup, then Manchester United away in the league before the return Champions League tie at home to Real with Pochettino remarking that the draw in Spain – and the performance – was the kind of result that has “repercussions”. They certainly need to build on that momentum against Liverpool although Pochettino was dismissive of a record that has not seen him overcome Jurgen Klopp – three draws, two defeats in all competitions – since the German took over at Anfield. Going further back Spurs have not defeated Liverpool in the league in nine attempts. Spurs have not won against Liverpool since November 2012 Credit: LIVERPOOL FC “It’s important to win and keep the momentum,” Pochettino said. “But it is also important to know we are playing against a good team.” With Dembele having suffered a fresh injury, a sore hip that is preventing him train properly, and despite Harry Winks’ impressive return to the team Pochettino hinted that Spurs may need to strengthen in the January window with a clear expectation that they will again try and sign Everton’s Ross Barkley who, it is understand, he regards as a central midfielder. “Maybe we need more players with capacity to play there (central midfield),” he said. “It’s important with Victor and Moussa to recover them because we have a lot of games and we need to manage the players because they are involved with the national team. "They are not a machine. We need options to rotate and to keep our level is important. To miss Dembele and Victor, is tough to replace them. We are forced to push players sometimes, sometimes we need to give them a rest as they are not machines.” Dembele recently suffered a hip injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Furthermore Pochettino said he was “concerned” about the extent of Wanyama’s knee injury and revealed that the midfielder will see a specialist next week. “We have no clear idea what is going on,” he admitted. Players are coming back. Erik Lamela, who last played in October last year due to a hip injury, and may feature against West Ham, is training with the first-team and Danny Rose, who came on in Madrid, is expected to be on the bench against Liverpool and Pochettino said the left-back’s “mind is clear” after his outspoken criticisms of the club’s spending in the summer and the suggestion he wanted to leave. “The past is the past,” Pochettino said. In life they (players) are young and they can make mistakes but the most important thing is to learn from that.”

Stoke poised to drop Kevin Wimmer after Manchester City thrashing

Mark Hughes is poised to drop £18m summer signing Kevin Wimmer after Stoke's hammering by Manchester City last weekend. Wimmer is expected to start on the bench for Saturday's home game against Bournemouth, with club captain Ryan Shawcross preparing to return after nearly two months out with a back injury. Stoke signed Wimmer from Tottenham Hotspur in August in a deal which was close to the club's transfer record, but Hughes is shaking up his defence after the 7-2 defeat at Pep Guardiola's City last weekend. Shawcross has not played since the 1-1 draw with West Brom in August and is ready to return after a frustrating period on the sidelines. Hughes's team has conceded 14 goals in the past four Premier League matches but face a Bournemouth team who have lost all their away games this season. Stoke's start to the season has already pitted them against City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea and Hughes has praised the backing of the board at the bet365 Stadium. Peter Coates, Stoke's owner, has been praised by Mark Hughes for his level-headedness Credit: PAUL COOPER for the Telegraph "They've seen the high, the lows, what's inbetween, they understand that football isn't a straight line in terms of success and failure," he said. "There's ups and downs, peaks and troughs - you have to navigate your way through those. If you've been in the game a long time, as our owners have, then they've seen that and they understand that. "Sometimes when clubs have new ownership or sometimes when clubs have ownerships that are maybe a little bit more emotional, I think people can make mistakes and press buttons to get rid of good people, people who have proven themselves over a decent period. "They bow to the immediate thinking rather than actually looking at the quality of people that you have in the building and back the quality that you have. "I think that's what's happened at this club for many, many years - they make decisions, they recruit correctly and then they back the people who they feel will do the job. In my view that's always the best way to go."

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte ready to get tough with dissenters 

Antonio Conte has warned his Chelsea squad they must stick together as they attempt to avoid a third successive Premier League defeat and a repeat of the dressing room problems that ended Jose Mourinho’s reign. David Luiz was visibly unhappy at being substituted against Roma in the Champions League, despite suffering a slight calf injury, and waved his arms in the air before heading straight down the tunnel for treatment. Chelsea head coach Conte is believed to have been concerned enough with the reaction to remind Luiz and his team-mates that he will not accept such behaviour ahead of Saturday’s clash against in-form Watford. Luiz was filmed smiling and striking a familiar pose as he walked on to the training pitch on Friday, which suggested there has been no fall-out between the 30-year-old and Conte. But Conte has no intention of seeing his management undermined and will not tolerate the sort of widespread disharmony that plagued Mourinho’s Chelsea title defence and resulted in the Portuguese being sacked. Any player who is caught questioning any of his decisions in future is likely to be dropped. Chelsea blamed “palpable discord between manager and players” for the decision to dismiss Mourinho in Dec 2015, but remain confident recent results under Conte will improve. Conte will be hoping for an improvement in fortune when they meet Watford Credit: REUTERS It was in the final months of Mourinho’s second spell at the club that Chelsea last lost three successive Premier League games and the club head into the clash against Watford on the back of defeats to Manchester City and Crystal Palace. The situation Chelsea find themselves in represents a swift downturn in fortunes since the Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid just over three weeks ago that left owner Roman Abramovich delighted. Other than celebrating the result, Abramovich was said to have purred over Chelsea’s performance and the fact they took the game to Atletico and dominated their hosts. Conte refused to disclose whether he has been in communication with Abramovich since the Atletico victory, but insisted he did not need any public backing from Chelsea. “I think that, about my talks with the club, it's right to keep them secret,” said Conte. “It's not important to tell the press. I think, honestly, it must be in this way. This is the right way. “The support is my job. The support is my job, my work. This is only my support. I know only this support in my experience. I don't know other support. I have to put all myself into the job. If this is enough, it's okay. If it's not enough, (shrugs). But the only support I know is my job.” 20 best players in the Premier League: August 2017 Conte’s job has been made harder by injuries to N’Golo Kante, Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater, while Tiemoue Bakayoko has been struggling to get over a groin problem suffered against Roma. The absences have limited Conte’s options to rotate as he attempts to juggle Premier League and Champions League campaigns, but the former Juventus manager foresaw his problems before the season started. Having warned in pre-season that this could be one of his most difficult challenges, following a title-winning first season at Chelsea, Conte said: “I was a magician to anticipate it. Honestly, I think to anticipate some difficult situations is not for all. “But, for sure, you hope. You hope you won't have problems in your season. But, I repeat, I stay here to work. I stay here to put all myself into this club, for the fans and the players. Me and my staff. “I'm a person who is not afraid to face the difficulties. My history speaks very clearly on that. I fought in the relegation zone. I started my career very badly, my first experience, but I understood and learned a lot about this. I repeat. I have experience, a lot of experience, as a player and as a coach of facing this type of situation. But I was a magician to anticipate.” Which Premier League striker would you pick in your fantasy XI? Conte this week responded to Mourinho’s jibe over rival managers “crying” about injuries by telling the Manchester United manager to stop talking about Chelsea. On Friday, he insisted he did not regret biting back but refused to be drawn further into a row. Conte said: “Regret? Why? I think every coach, every manager has to talk about his job, about himself, about his team, about his players. Not the other [team's players]. My answer is always the same. Every coach must be focused on his own work. That's the best way. “For me, this is a stupid subject. A stupid issue. It's fun to see your interest in this. I'm surprised about this, honestly.” Roma have been charged by Uefa after a section of their travelling supporters allegedly directed monkey chants at Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger during the Champions League draw between the two clubs. The complaint was made by the Football Against Racism in Europe group and the case will be dealt with by the Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on Nov 16.

Stoke poised to drop Kevin Wimmer after Manchester City thrashing

Mark Hughes is poised to drop £18m summer signing Kevin Wimmer after Stoke's hammering by Manchester City last weekend. Wimmer is expected to start on the bench for Saturday's home game against Bournemouth, with club captain Ryan Shawcross preparing to return after nearly two months out with a back injury. Stoke signed Wimmer from Tottenham Hotspur in August in a deal which was close to the club's transfer record, but Hughes is shaking up his defence after the 7-2 defeat at Pep Guardiola's City last weekend. Shawcross has not played since the 1-1 draw with West Brom in August and is ready to return after a frustrating period on the sidelines. Hughes's team has conceded 14 goals in the past four Premier League matches but face a Bournemouth team who have lost all their away games this season. Stoke's start to the season has already pitted them against City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea and Hughes has praised the backing of the board at the bet365 Stadium. Peter Coates, Stoke's owner, has been praised by Mark Hughes for his level-headedness Credit: PAUL COOPER for the Telegraph "They've seen the high, the lows, what's inbetween, they understand that football isn't a straight line in terms of success and failure," he said. "There's ups and downs, peaks and troughs - you have to navigate your way through those. If you've been in the game a long time, as our owners have, then they've seen that and they understand that. "Sometimes when clubs have new ownership or sometimes when clubs have ownerships that are maybe a little bit more emotional, I think people can make mistakes and press buttons to get rid of good people, people who have proven themselves over a decent period. "They bow to the immediate thinking rather than actually looking at the quality of people that you have in the building and back the quality that you have. "I think that's what's happened at this club for many, many years - they make decisions, they recruit correctly and then they back the people who they feel will do the job. In my view that's always the best way to go."

Mauricio Pochettino happy to prove the doubters wrong after tactical revamp in Madrid

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that some people close to Tottenham Hotspur questioned his team selection for the Champions League tie away to Real Madrid – saying “what the F” – only to tell him he was a “genius” after the 1-1 draw against the European champions. Ahead of the Premier League fixture at home to Liverpool on Sunday, when the Spurs manager said he could again change the shape of his line-up, Pochettino said it was a lesson not to doubt him and to “trust” in what he is doing at the club. “It was amazing because some people very close to us said, ‘Can we be honest with you?’” Pochettino explained. “I said, ‘Yes’. They said ‘When we saw the starting XI… what the F? What happened? What is going on in his mind?’ “And then after 10 minutes at the end of the game, they say, ‘Oh, you are a genius’. I say, ‘Okay, thank you’.  “It’s too difficult to explain what we want in every single game to try to find. It’s not easy to explain to you or to relate to the fans. It’s about trust.  “It’s about the feeling that the manager and the coaching staff, when deciding the starting XI or the way to play, is always to try to win.” Tottenham have picked up seven points from their first three Champions League matches Credit: ACTION IMAGES Impressively Pochettino made light of the absence of Victor Wanyama, Ben Davies, Mousa Dembele and the suspended Dele Alli against Real and played two strikers with Fernando Llorente alongside Harry Kane in a 3-5-2 formation. He said it was another sign of just how much his squad is developing. “I hear Tottenham don’t have a Plan B or C,” Pochettino said. “But the most important thing is to have a plan and keep the philosophy and identity of the team. We need to provide the team with different options to play. It is a risk to only play one way so I am proud our players believe and accept we can play in different ways.” Spurs have embarked on a crucial run of fixtures, starting with Real and now facing Liverpool, a London derby against West Ham United in the Carabao Cup, then Manchester United away in the league before the return Champions League tie at home to Real with Pochettino remarking that the draw in Spain – and the performance – was the kind of result that has “repercussions”. They certainly need to build on that momentum against Liverpool although Pochettino was dismissive of a record that has not seen him overcome Jurgen Klopp – three draws, two defeats in all competitions – since the German took over at Anfield. Going further back Spurs have not defeated Liverpool in the league in nine attempts. Spurs have not won against Liverpool since November 2012 Credit: LIVERPOOL FC “It’s important to win and keep the momentum,” Pochettino said. “But it is also important to know we are playing against a good team.” With Dembele having suffered a fresh injury, a sore hip that is preventing him train properly, and despite Harry Winks’ impressive return to the team Pochettino hinted that Spurs may need to strengthen in the January window with a clear expectation that they will again try and sign Everton’s Ross Barkley who, it is understand, he regards as a central midfielder. “Maybe we need more players with capacity to play there (central midfield),” he said. “It’s important with Victor and Moussa to recover them because we have a lot of games and we need to manage the players because they are involved with the national team. "They are not a machine. We need options to rotate and to keep our level is important. To miss Dembele and Victor, is tough to replace them. We are forced to push players sometimes, sometimes we need to give them a rest as they are not machines.” Dembele recently suffered a hip injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Furthermore Pochettino said he was “concerned” about the extent of Wanyama’s knee injury and revealed that the midfielder will see a specialist next week. “We have no clear idea what is going on,” he admitted. Players are coming back. Erik Lamela, who last played in October last year due to a hip injury, and may feature against West Ham, is training with the first-team and Danny Rose, who came on in Madrid, is expected to be on the bench against Liverpool and Pochettino said the left-back’s “mind is clear” after his outspoken criticisms of the club’s spending in the summer and the suggestion he wanted to leave. “The past is the past,” Pochettino said. In life they (players) are young and they can make mistakes but the most important thing is to learn from that.”

Mauricio Pochettino happy to prove the doubters wrong after tactical revamp in Madrid

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that some people close to Tottenham Hotspur questioned his team selection for the Champions League tie away to Real Madrid – saying “what the F” – only to tell him he was a “genius” after the 1-1 draw against the European champions. Ahead of the Premier League fixture at home to Liverpool on Sunday, when the Spurs manager said he could again change the shape of his line-up, Pochettino said it was a lesson not to doubt him and to “trust” in what he is doing at the club. “It was amazing because some people very close to us said, ‘Can we be honest with you?’” Pochettino explained. “I said, ‘Yes’. They said ‘When we saw the starting XI… what the F? What happened? What is going on in his mind?’ “And then after 10 minutes at the end of the game, they say, ‘Oh, you are a genius’. I say, ‘Okay, thank you’.  “It’s too difficult to explain what we want in every single game to try to find. It’s not easy to explain to you or to relate to the fans. It’s about trust.  “It’s about the feeling that the manager and the coaching staff, when deciding the starting XI or the way to play, is always to try to win.” Tottenham have picked up seven points from their first three Champions League matches Credit: ACTION IMAGES Impressively Pochettino made light of the absence of Victor Wanyama, Ben Davies, Mousa Dembele and the suspended Dele Alli against Real and played two strikers with Fernando Llorente alongside Harry Kane in a 3-5-2 formation. He said it was another sign of just how much his squad is developing. “I hear Tottenham don’t have a Plan B or C,” Pochettino said. “But the most important thing is to have a plan and keep the philosophy and identity of the team. We need to provide the team with different options to play. It is a risk to only play one way so I am proud our players believe and accept we can play in different ways.” Spurs have embarked on a crucial run of fixtures, starting with Real and now facing Liverpool, a London derby against West Ham United in the Carabao Cup, then Manchester United away in the league before the return Champions League tie at home to Real with Pochettino remarking that the draw in Spain – and the performance – was the kind of result that has “repercussions”. They certainly need to build on that momentum against Liverpool although Pochettino was dismissive of a record that has not seen him overcome Jurgen Klopp – three draws, two defeats in all competitions – since the German took over at Anfield. Going further back Spurs have not defeated Liverpool in the league in nine attempts. Spurs have not won against Liverpool since November 2012 Credit: LIVERPOOL FC “It’s important to win and keep the momentum,” Pochettino said. “But it is also important to know we are playing against a good team.” With Dembele having suffered a fresh injury, a sore hip that is preventing him train properly, and despite Harry Winks’ impressive return to the team Pochettino hinted that Spurs may need to strengthen in the January window with a clear expectation that they will again try and sign Everton’s Ross Barkley who, it is understand, he regards as a central midfielder. “Maybe we need more players with capacity to play there (central midfield),” he said. “It’s important with Victor and Moussa to recover them because we have a lot of games and we need to manage the players because they are involved with the national team. "They are not a machine. We need options to rotate and to keep our level is important. To miss Dembele and Victor, is tough to replace them. We are forced to push players sometimes, sometimes we need to give them a rest as they are not machines.” Dembele recently suffered a hip injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Furthermore Pochettino said he was “concerned” about the extent of Wanyama’s knee injury and revealed that the midfielder will see a specialist next week. “We have no clear idea what is going on,” he admitted. Players are coming back. Erik Lamela, who last played in October last year due to a hip injury, and may feature against West Ham, is training with the first-team and Danny Rose, who came on in Madrid, is expected to be on the bench against Liverpool and Pochettino said the left-back’s “mind is clear” after his outspoken criticisms of the club’s spending in the summer and the suggestion he wanted to leave. “The past is the past,” Pochettino said. In life they (players) are young and they can make mistakes but the most important thing is to learn from that.”

Mauricio Pochettino happy to prove the doubters wrong after tactical revamp in Madrid

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that some people close to Tottenham Hotspur questioned his team selection for the Champions League tie away to Real Madrid – saying “what the F” – only to tell him he was a “genius” after the 1-1 draw against the European champions. Ahead of the Premier League fixture at home to Liverpool on Sunday, when the Spurs manager said he could again change the shape of his line-up, Pochettino said it was a lesson not to doubt him and to “trust” in what he is doing at the club. “It was amazing because some people very close to us said, ‘Can we be honest with you?’” Pochettino explained. “I said, ‘Yes’. They said ‘When we saw the starting XI… what the F? What happened? What is going on in his mind?’ “And then after 10 minutes at the end of the game, they say, ‘Oh, you are a genius’. I say, ‘Okay, thank you’.  “It’s too difficult to explain what we want in every single game to try to find. It’s not easy to explain to you or to relate to the fans. It’s about trust.  “It’s about the feeling that the manager and the coaching staff, when deciding the starting XI or the way to play, is always to try to win.” Tottenham have picked up seven points from their first three Champions League matches Credit: ACTION IMAGES Impressively Pochettino made light of the absence of Victor Wanyama, Ben Davies, Mousa Dembele and the suspended Dele Alli against Real and played two strikers with Fernando Llorente alongside Harry Kane in a 3-5-2 formation. He said it was another sign of just how much his squad is developing. “I hear Tottenham don’t have a Plan B or C,” Pochettino said. “But the most important thing is to have a plan and keep the philosophy and identity of the team. We need to provide the team with different options to play. It is a risk to only play one way so I am proud our players believe and accept we can play in different ways.” Spurs have embarked on a crucial run of fixtures, starting with Real and now facing Liverpool, a London derby against West Ham United in the Carabao Cup, then Manchester United away in the league before the return Champions League tie at home to Real with Pochettino remarking that the draw in Spain – and the performance – was the kind of result that has “repercussions”. They certainly need to build on that momentum against Liverpool although Pochettino was dismissive of a record that has not seen him overcome Jurgen Klopp – three draws, two defeats in all competitions – since the German took over at Anfield. Going further back Spurs have not defeated Liverpool in the league in nine attempts. Spurs have not won against Liverpool since November 2012 Credit: LIVERPOOL FC “It’s important to win and keep the momentum,” Pochettino said. “But it is also important to know we are playing against a good team.” With Dembele having suffered a fresh injury, a sore hip that is preventing him train properly, and despite Harry Winks’ impressive return to the team Pochettino hinted that Spurs may need to strengthen in the January window with a clear expectation that they will again try and sign Everton’s Ross Barkley who, it is understand, he regards as a central midfielder. “Maybe we need more players with capacity to play there (central midfield),” he said. “It’s important with Victor and Moussa to recover them because we have a lot of games and we need to manage the players because they are involved with the national team. "They are not a machine. We need options to rotate and to keep our level is important. To miss Dembele and Victor, is tough to replace them. We are forced to push players sometimes, sometimes we need to give them a rest as they are not machines.” Dembele recently suffered a hip injury Credit: GETTY IMAGES Furthermore Pochettino said he was “concerned” about the extent of Wanyama’s knee injury and revealed that the midfielder will see a specialist next week. “We have no clear idea what is going on,” he admitted. Players are coming back. Erik Lamela, who last played in October last year due to a hip injury, and may feature against West Ham, is training with the first-team and Danny Rose, who came on in Madrid, is expected to be on the bench against Liverpool and Pochettino said the left-back’s “mind is clear” after his outspoken criticisms of the club’s spending in the summer and the suggestion he wanted to leave. “The past is the past,” Pochettino said. In life they (players) are young and they can make mistakes but the most important thing is to learn from that.”

Premier League - West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion - London Stadium, London, Britain - October 20, 2017 Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien

Premier League - West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion - London Stadium, London, Britain - October 20, 2017 Brighton's Glenn Murray scores their third goal from the penalty spot Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien E

Premier League - West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion - London Stadium, London, Britain - October 20, 2017 REUTERS/David Klein

Premier League - West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion - London Stadium, London, Britain - October 20, 2017 REUTERS/David Klein

Premier League - West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion - London Stadium, London, Britain - October 20, 2017 Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien

Foot - ANG - 9e j. - Brighton enfonce West Ham

Le promu Brighton a facilement dominé West Ham (3-0), ce vendredi sur la pelouse des Hammers, 17es de Premier League.

Gabriel Jesus é mais letal do que Lukaku na Premier League. Confira os números!

O ex-jogador do Palmeiras vem demonstrando um futebol de altíssimo nível pela equipe do Etihad Stadium

Gabriel Jesus é mais letal do que Lukaku na Premier League. Confira os números!

O ex-jogador do Palmeiras vem demonstrando um futebol de altíssimo nível pela equipe do Etihad Stadium

Gabriel Jesus é mais letal do que Lukaku na Premier League. Confira os números!

O ex-jogador do Palmeiras vem demonstrando um futebol de altíssimo nível pela equipe do Etihad Stadium

Gabriel Jesus é mais letal do que Lukaku na Premier League. Confira os números!

O ex-jogador do Palmeiras vem demonstrando um futebol de altíssimo nível pela equipe do Etihad Stadium

Gabriel Jesus é mais letal do que Lukaku na Premier League. Confira os números!

O ex-jogador do Palmeiras vem demonstrando um futebol de altíssimo nível pela equipe do Etihad Stadium

Foot - ANG - Tottenham : Pochettino «Entre folie et génie»

VIDEO FOOTBALL - Avant d'affronter Liverpool lors de la 10e journée de Premier League dimanche, Mauricio Pochettino est revenu sur le match nul en Ligue des Champions sur la pelouse du Real Madrid. Le manager des Spurs avoue que certains proches étaient sceptiques sur ses choix avant le choc à Santiago-Bernabeu... avant de se raviser au coup de sifflet final.

Foot - ANG - Tottenham : Pochettino «Entre folie et génie»

VIDEO FOOTBALL - Avant d'affronter Liverpool lors de la 10e journée de Premier League dimanche, Mauricio Pochettino est revenu sur le match nul en Ligue des Champions sur la pelouse du Real Madrid. Le manager des Spurs avoue que certains proches étaient sceptiques sur ses choix avant le choc à Santiago-Bernabeu... avant de se raviser au coup de sifflet final.

Foot - ANG - Tottenham : Pochettino «Entre folie et génie»

VIDEO FOOTBALL - Avant d'affronter Liverpool lors de la 10e journée de Premier League dimanche, Mauricio Pochettino est revenu sur le match nul en Ligue des Champions sur la pelouse du Real Madrid. Le manager des Spurs avoue que certains proches étaient sceptiques sur ses choix avant le choc à Santiago-Bernabeu... avant de se raviser au coup de sifflet final.

Foot - ANG - Tottenham : Pochettino «Entre folie et génie»

VIDEO FOOTBALL - Avant d'affronter Liverpool lors de la 10e journée de Premier League dimanche, Mauricio Pochettino est revenu sur le match nul en Ligue des Champions sur la pelouse du Real Madrid. Le manager des Spurs avoue que certains proches étaient sceptiques sur ses choix avant le choc à Santiago-Bernabeu... avant de se raviser au coup de sifflet final.

Premier League - West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion - London Stadium, London, Britain - October 20, 2017 Brighton's Glenn Murray scores their third goal from the penalty spot Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Premier League - West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion - London Stadium, London, Britain - October 20, 2017 West Ham United's Joe Hart looks dejected after Brighton's Glenn Murray scored their third goal from the penalty spot Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Premier League - West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion - London Stadium, London, Britain - October 20, 2017 West Ham United's Joe Hart looks dejected after Brighton's Glenn Murray scored their third goal from the penalty spot Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Premier League fixtures & results: TV schedule, live stream & guide to Week 9

Goal keeps you up to date with the latest results from England's top division, as well as the upcoming fixtures and the current standings

Premier League fixtures & results: TV schedule, live stream & guide to Week 9

Premier League fixtures & results: TV schedule, live stream & guide to Week 9

Premier League fixtures & results: TV schedule, live stream & guide to Week 9

Goal keeps you up to date with the latest results from England's top division, as well as the upcoming fixtures and the current standings