"Of course, he is disappointed because when he plays he didn't score but I am sure he is going to help the team".
It has been a different story though in the Champions League where wins over Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund have seen Tottenham qualify as group winners making the final group game at home to APOEL a dead rubber.
The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has hit the heights, notably with his two-goal performance in the 3-1 Champions League win over Real Madrid at Wembley last month, but there have been other occasions when he has laboured.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is resting Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Hugo Lloris, Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen this evening.
With Tottenham having only won one of its last five games in all competitions, Pochettino said Luke Amos and Kazaiah Sterling will be among those involved against the Cypriot side, who can not qualify but are battling with Borussia Dortmund for third place.
"It's not unusual for a team to have a dip in form", the 21-year-old told Sky Sports News on Tuesday. "I would like to be at my highest level in every single game and every training session but I don't think that's possible".
"I think always it's important to assess the players and be sure that some players need to rest because they are so exhausted and they need to breathe a little bit".Читайте также: PM meets new UP mayors, Amethis civic polls winners of BJP
"This has been a good opportunity to learn more about myself as a player and as a person and now it's essential that I keep working hard and trying to improve every day".
Spurs have already secured first place in Group H, meaning the likes of Fernando Llorente, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Juan Foyth are expected to be given a chance.
"No, I'm not anxious because the performances were good", he said.
One academy player who will not be included is 19-year-old winger Marcus Edwards, who Pochettino compared to Lionel Messi ahead of his first-team debut last season.
"It's a game that only provides us with the opportunity to play with some players that need to be ready if we need them".
"It's important that we keep pushing to always be better".При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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