Mauricio Pochettino expects Tottenham to beat Sunderland

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says he expects Spurs to be "better" than Sunderland on Saturday

Harry Reardon
By Harry Reardon

Mauricio Pochettino wants nothing less than a win from his Spurs team against Sunderland on Saturday.

The Spurs manager is expecting a difficult match at the Stadium of Light, but urged his Tottenham players to concentrate on their own games.

Speaking to the club’s website, Pochettino said: “The most important thing is how we are, and it’s important to be ready and focused on our job.

“We are ready to play a good game, and we expect to be better than Sunderland to win the three points.”

Pochettino also confirmed that his players had returned from international duty in good condition, and that new signings Federico Fazio and Benjamin Stambouli were settling in well.

“They are very good guys and good players,” Pochettino added. “It is normal that they need to adapt to a new philosophy, new club and new team-mates, but we are happy with their adaptation.”

Pochettino confirmed that Spanish striker Roberto Soldado is a doubt for the game due to a neck injury, while Kyle Walker remains out after recent abdominal surgery.

Tottenham have been 2-1 winners at Sunderland on their last two Premier League visits to the Stadium of Light.

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