Mauricio Pochettino believes Dele Alli will recapture his best form but feels the "massive" pressure on the player is sometimes unfair.

The Tottenham attacking midfielder has been criticised for his performances during 2019, most recently by former Manchester United captain Roy Keane, who accused the England international of losing his "hunger".

Pochettino accepts Alli has not been playing at his best, but the Spurs manager has warned people not to expect too much from a player who is still in the early part of his career.

"We need to remember that Dele is so young and the demand, the pressure on him is massive," Pochettino told reporters on Friday. "Everyone expects big things: he's English, he's an international, but he's still 23 years old.

"He was fantastic, and of course he dropped a little bit in his performance, but we need to help and to back him, not to pay attention too much and try to improve and be strong again."

Pochettino's side head to Everton on Sunday having won only three of 13 matches in all competitions since they beat Aston Villa 3-1 on the opening day of the Premier League season.

They took an early lead against Liverpool last weekend but could not withstand the pressure from the leaders, eventually losing 2-1 to drop to 11th in the table.

However, Pochettino is calling for his players to be positive as they look to get their season back on track.

"It was an important week to recover feelings after a tough game against Liverpool," Pochettino said. "It was important again to create that atmosphere that you want. It's a situation that only we can fix, winning games.

"We need to be positive – that positivity makes us believe we can beat any team. At the moment, we struggle a little bit, we drop a lot in our confidence. The most important thing is how we're going to finish. It's not nice to see yourself in the middle of the table, but that is our reality and we need to accept it. If you do not accept reality, you're going to struggle.

"In our minds, we know very well we need time, to be strong, be solid, and start winning because that's going to be the best thing for us."

Giovani Lo Celso came on as a substitute against Liverpool and will hope for more minutes at Goodison Park as he continues to recover from a hip injury sustained on international duty in September.

The midfielder was called up to the Argentina squad for this month's matches against Brazil and Uruguay, and Pochettino admits he is "not happy" at the prospect of him being involved.

"In general, always managers want players at home," Pochettino said. "For him, it's going to be tough because, again, when he's nearly fit to start again, he needs to go away and changing the dynamic of the training session, something can happen.

"Being honest, I am not happy, but I accept [it] because I always defend the national team and I always back the decision of the national team. I was a player – I know how it feels to play for your flag. What can I do? Nothing, only to show or describe my feelings."

Ryan Sessegnon may also hope to be involved against Everton, having yet to feature since his move from Fulham, but Pochettino is wary of rushing him back from a long-term hamstring problem.

"We are assessing all the players. We'll see. We have training tomorrow and we travel to Liverpool. We'll see if he can be involved or not," the Tottenham manager said.

"I cannot say he is complete in the way that you'd say, 'OK, we can trust him to play 90 minutes', but we have a big squad and sometimes it's difficult to give the possibility. He has to work hard: he's still young, it was a big injury, but for sure he's going to have the possibility to play in the future."

Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham may have been humiliated 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but he is a target for the German giants.

With Niko Kovac overseeing an inconsistent start to the season in Munich, Bayern are reportedly willing to move on from the former Eintracht Frankfurt boss.

That could open the door for Pochettino, whose Tottenham have struggled to reach the heights of last season following their memorable run to the Champions League final.

 

TOP STORY – BAYERN CONSIDER POCH

Bayern Munich are considering Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino as a replacement for Niko Kovac, according to Sport1.

Kovac has found himself under increasing criticism following Bayern's inconsistent start to the season.

Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag – who previously worked with Bayern's reserve team – has also been linked, but sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has reportedly identified Pochettino as the man to replace Kovac should he depart.

 

ROUND-UP

- According to Mundo Deportivo, Atletico Madrid are eyeing Napoli's Faouzi Ghoulam. The left-back is out of favour and set to leave the Serie A outfit in January.

- Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are keen to sign Borussia Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek and Juventus midfielder Emre Can, claims Soccerlink. Piszczek's contract expires at the end of the season, while Can is reportedly eager to leave after being left out of Juve's Champions League squad.

- Sport Bild says Liverpool have joined the race to sign Valencia sensation Ferran Torres. The 19-year-old winger has attracted interest from Dortmund and Barcelona.

Arkadiusz Milik has agreed a contract extension with Napoli, reports Calciomercato. The Poland international's current deal runs out in 2021.

- Former AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso is favourite to take charge of Udinese. It comes as Sky Sport Italia, Tuttomercatoweb and La Gazzetta dello Sport claim Igor Tudor's position is being considered after consecutive 7-1 and 4-0 routs in Serie A.

Dortmund have set their sights on Hertha Berlin's Javairo Dilrosun, according to Bild. As the German side reportedly prepare for life without Jadon Sancho amid ongoing links to Manchester United, former Manchester City youth-team player Dilrosun is on their radar.

Mauricio Pochettino believes Liverpool were awarded a "soft" penalty in their 2-1 Premier League victory against Tottenham but accepted the referee's decision to point to the spot.

Sunday's clash at Anfield was poised at 1-1 when referee Anthony Taylor adjudged that Spurs full-back Serge Aurier had fouled Sadio Mane inside the box.

Mohamed Salah converted the subsequent spot-kick 15 minutes from time to complete Liverpool's comeback win after Jordan Henderson had cancelled out Harry Kane's 47-second opener.

Tottenham manager Pochettino feels the call was a little harsh on his side, who end the weekend in 11th place following their fourth league defeat of the campaign.

"I don't want to complain - I need to accept the decision of the referee and the VAR," he said at his post-match news conference. "Technically maybe it's a penalty because there's some contact. But to be honest, the ball is going away.

"It's an action that you know is very soft. The penalty was given and we need to accept it's the decision of the referee or the VAR."

Son Heung-min was instrumental in creating Kane's early goal and struck the crossbar early in the second half with Tottenham still in front.

However, Henderson equalised for Liverpool four minutes later and Pochettino was left to rue what could have been.

"This season, we have deserved to get more points in the table," he said. "These things happen and that is the moment to stay stronger. 

"Maybe in different seasons this type of situation results in 2-0 or 3-0 for us in the second half but today it was a different way."

Tottenham find themselves in the bottom half of the Premier League in November for the first time since 2014, but Pochettino is not blaming his players for their disappointing start to the campaign and wants them to stay united.

"I am behind our squad, supporting them fully," he said. "We have 29 players and they will all have the opportunity to play. After five years and a half at Tottenham it is a time to all be together and show our support.

"It was a very competitive game today and we competed well. I am of course a little bit disappointed in that with the ball we didn't have the possession in playing and forcing them to play deeper. In that aspect I'm disappointed but we competed and we need to keep pushing.

"We were playing today against a very good team. I think Liverpool are one of the best teams in Europe and we were very competitive."

Harry Kane admitted Tottenham missed a chance to build on their midweek Champions League victory when they let slip an early lead in their 2-1 defeat at Liverpool.

After the England striker put the visitors ahead just 47 seconds into the game, he watched as second-half goals from Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah turned the contest in Liverpool's favour.

Spurs went into the game on the back of a 5-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade, with head coach Mauricio Pochettino describing his side's performance in the Champions League as a small step forward.

Kane dismissed the suggestion that Spurs continued their progress at Anfield, where defeat condemned them to a place in the bottom half of the Premier League table after 10 games.

Assessing the defeat, which was Tottenham's third in five league games, the 26-year-old striker told Sky Sports: "You saw the way we started the game: we came out with the intention to press, to play, and it helps that we got an early goal.

"We tried to do everything to win the game and it didn't quite go our way. It hurts, but it's hard to put a finger on it now.

"Whenever you lose a game it's never a step forward. It's disappointing. We want to pick our form up in the Premier League. It's not been good enough.

"All we can do now is look forward to Everton away next week."

Pochettino did not contest the penalty decision that saw Serge Aurier penalised for a foul on Sadio Mane.

Aurier won the ball from Mane but the Senegal international then stepped in front of his leg as he went to strike the ball and drew a foul from the Spurs defender.

Pochettino told BBC Sport: "I've got no complaints about the penalty. You can have your own opinion. It was a fair reaction.

"We tried in the last 10 or 15 minutes [to score an equaliser] and had chances but it was impossible."

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino made four changes from the side that beat Red Star Belgrade in midweek for Sunday's visit to Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen and Harry Winks were all recalled to the starting XI as the Spurs boss sought to mastermind a first league win since September 28.

Jan Vertonghen, Tanguy Ndombele and Ben Davies were dropped to the substitutes' bench, while Erik Lamela – who scored in the Champions League win over Red Star – missed out with injury.

"[Lamela] suffered a small problem with his thigh yesterday in training," Pochettino explained. "This morning, he was checked by the doctor and the decision was made that he couldn't be involved. We hope it's not a big issue."

Son Heung-min was making his 200th appearance for Spurs at Anfield, supporting Harry Kane in attack.

Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, made three changes from the Liverpool side that beat Genk 4-1 in the Champions League, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum all returning.

James Milner, Naby Keita and two-goal hero Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all dropped to the bench.

Harry Kane insists Tottenham can prove Virgil van Dijk and Liverpool are fallible when last season's Champions League finalists renew their rivalry on Sunday.

Kane will spearhead the attack at Anfield in his side's first shot at exacting a measure of revenge for June's 2-0 defeat in Madrid.

Reds defender Van Dijk had the striker's measure in that match and kept the England captain goalless in a Nations League win for Netherlands less than a week later.

But the star centre-back and his six fellow Ballon d'Or nominees do not intimidate Tottenham's talisman, even though they have won eight and drawn one of their nine Premier League games this season and are unbeaten in the top flight since January.

"Van Dijk is a great defender but he's not ­invincible and Liverpool are not invincible," said Kane, who battled back from an ankle injury to feature in the Champions League final.

"We just have to concentrate on ourselves. Any team can be beaten on any day and we just have to try to make sure we do that at Anfield.

"As a striker, it's not just ­one-v-one on the pitch; there's a lot that goes into it. Van Dijk is an amazing defender and he has had a fantastic couple of years at Liverpool.

"From my point of view, it's just about playing my game and making my movements, doing my runs and trying to get on the scoresheet, trying to get assists.

"At the end of the day it's a team game, so we all have to be on it with each other and that's the main aim."

Underwhelming for much of this season, Spurs gained a valuable morale boost with a 5-0 midweek win over Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League.

Premier League performances have been far less convincing, but manager Mauricio Pochettino remains enthused about visiting the undefeated leaders.

"For me, it is a joy to go there and the motivation is there is there to play in a stadium like Anfield – it is always amazing," Pochettino told Sky Sports.

"When you have the opportunity to play this kind of game, you are thankful because you never know if you are going to have the opportunity to play it again."

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted to being worried about the extra workload a new documentary centred on Tottenham will create for his staff.

Amazon cameras are in the process of capturing Spurs' 2019-20 season for the latest chapter in the All or Nothing series, which has previously focused on Premier League champions Manchester City.

The series takes viewers behind the scenes at the club and inside the dressing room on matchday.

The portrayal, unlike City's highly successful 2017-18 campaign, could be unflattering for Tottenham, who have struggled badly for form in the early months of this season.

"When the club agreed the deal with Amazon, of course we were worried about it," manager Pochettino said.

"Because it is not easy, not easy. It is tough to have the camera in your office, and then how you handle the situation to have the capacity to say, 'Okay, I am not in a good mood, but sometimes the camera is going to be there'.

"It is so complicated, it is another thing to worry about and of course that adds a lot.

"If we were busy, now we are super busy. To plan every day, everything, is not an easy job. That is why, when I told you I feel that I am not any more a manager, I am a coach, now I am like a producer. Being coach, manager and producer!"

Tottenham recorded a 5-0 Champions League victory over Red Star Belgrade in their last outing but could be eight points adrift of the Premier League's top four if results go against them this weekend.

While concerned about the internal effects of the documentary, Pochettino has fewer fears about the depiction of his team in desperate times, such as the humiliating 7-2 loss to Bayern Munich.

"It's going to be the reality," he said. "It is like when we started to do the book [Brave New World: Inside Pochettino's Spurs] one season. It was the same risk.

"It is most important to live the reality, not to try to generate something that is fake or not real, and then what you are going to love, what the people are going to love to see, is that we are normal people working.

"We can win, we can lose. Like the book, I hope there is a happy ending. But if not, you are going to see another point of view, from a different vision."

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is in agreement with Roy Keane that striker Harry Kane could boost any rival club.

Speaking after Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Liverpool last weekend, Keane urged his former side to sign Kane next year to resolve their goalscoring issues.

The England international has scored 127 Premier League goals since the start of 2014-15, twice finishing as the division's top scorer.

Keane suggested bringing in the prolific Tottenham forward would be a simple solution for United, who have failed to score more than once in a game since the opening weekend of the season.

Pochettino has heaped further praise on Kane in response to Keane's comments, saying at Friday's news conference: "I heard what was said. 

"Of course, I respect him and admired him when he was a player. He was the kind of player who you want beside you, or as a centre-back like me you want him in front of you. 

"Whenever I listen to him he is very clinical in his comments. Of course he loves good players and Harry Kane is a fantastic player. We more than agree Harry Kane deserves everything."

Tottenham return to Premier League action on Sunday with a trip to Liverpool, while Manchester United travel to Norwich City the same day

Mauricio Pochettino hopes that a team meal this week will stand Tottenham in good stead for the long term.

Tottenham's players invited Pochettino and his coaching staff to a social event in London on Thursday, three days ahead of their Premier League trip to Liverpool.

Last season's Champions League runners-up beat Red Star Belgrade 5-0 on Wednesday - just their fourth win in 12 matches, a run that led to talk of possible unrest behind the scenes.

However, Pochettino thinks the midweek meet-up could boost his players' morale as they prepare for a defining period in the campaign.

"It was very good, and very kind of them to invite the coaching staff," he said at Friday's pre-match news conference.

"It was a little busy. We spent a few hours there and it is always nice to see people in a different environment.

"That doesn't mean we are going to go to Anfield and win 5-0 because we were nice all together. But it is going to help in the long-term."

Sunday's match on Merseyside will be a repeat of June's Champions League final, which Liverpool won 2-0 through an early Mohamed Salah penalty and a late strike from Divock Origi. 

Nearly five months on, Pochettino admits he has just about managed to get the pain of the defeat in Madrid out of his system.

"The Champions League final is all or nothing and it was nothing," he said. "To be second for us is nothing.

"It means a lot of the club to reach final of Champions League but players and the staff felt empty after the game.

"With time you can say, 'OK we played in the final of the Champions League' but that will always be the deal.

"But we have spoken a lot now and we are back to full energy. We have recovered from that and it's the moment to build our confidence and trust and start to show our talent and potential."

Pochettino has a virtually fully fit squad to choose from this weekend, with captain Hugo Lloris his only confirmed absentee.

That could mean a debut for Ryan Sessegnon, who has been carrying a hamstring injury suffered on international duty during the close season.

"Maybe he will be available but it's always the same - when one is in, one is out," Pochettino said. 

"If you plan for him to be on the bench you need to take someone off the bench. It's about waiting, being consistent and showing his quality and to wait for the opportunity that he will have during the season."

Dele Alli is adamant Tottenham's squad remains "1000 per cent" behind Mauricio Pochettino and says several players would be nowhere without the Argentine.

Spurs thrashed Red Star Belgrade 5-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min scoring twice each and Erik Lamela on target.

It was a timely reminder of the team's quality amid a disappointing start to the season that has seen them win only four times in 13 games across all competitions.

Such an underwhelming return has seen the pressure crank up on Pochettino but England international Alli insists the team is united.

"Yeah, 1,000 per cent [we're behind Pochettino]. A lot of us would not be where we are now if it was not for him. All we can do is thank him," Alli said.

"We have always trusted him 100 per cent and we are going to keep doing that. We are a team.

"When things are not going our way it is easy for people to try and get at the manager but we need to look at ourselves as players. We are doing that and we are going to keep working hard."

Alli acknowledges the team are going through their worst spell under Pochettino but believes there may have been an overreaction to their slump.

"It is strange because since we have been together we probably have not been through this situation," he said.

"But I do not think it is that much of a big deal. We have just got to keep working hard and focus on ourselves, not listen to too much that is going on around the outside.

"It is a new experience for a lot of us here, that is probably why the reaction has been [what it has]. People are making a bigger deal out of it than maybe what it actually is.

"Ever since we have been together with the manager we have got and the players we have got, we need to be winning every game.

"Every club has it where they have a little bit of a dip. When we are so used to winning, it is important we show our character and how strong we really are as a team and a club."

Tottenham go to Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino joked that he will give his players a day off to stop all the rumours about unrest at Spurs following their Champions League victory.

Last season's runners-up Tottenham claimed a confidence-boosting 5-0 win over Red Star Belgrade in London on Tuesday.

Spurs have been unable to reach the lofty heights of last term after a difficult start to 2019-20 – highlighted by a 7-2 humbling against Bayern Munich – amid doubts over Pochettino's future.

There has been speculation that Tottenham players are unhappy with Pochettino's methods following just three wins from nine Premier League matches to start the season but the Argentine boss joked about the rumours post-game.

"I think it's about now staying calm," Pochettino said in his post-game news conference. "It's a good result but only three points. Now we have ahead a lot of tough games that are coming. We need to be solid. I want them to all be fresh that is why tomorrow they are going to have a day off, you know to stop all the rumours [laughs].

"Of course Thursday we are going to start to train and prepare for the game on Sunday. It's going to be a fantastic game. A few months ago we were playing the final against Liverpool and now in Anfield, a great atmosphere, with all the confidence to go there and try to have a very good performance again."

Asked if he is happy with the dynamic, Pochettino – who has been linked to Real Madrid and Manchester United – told reporters: "I am not happy and not not happy. I am facing the situation how the situation is, the situation we are living now.

"Of course, I am very realistic but in the same way it's a massive experience for us, a group that has never before lived this situation. It's all new.

"We have more experience because we're older men, Jesus is more than me, more experienced than me, but I think it's a great moment to grow, be more mature and of course it should help us to be stronger in the future."

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min led the way with braces, while Erik Lamela was also on target against Red Star and Pochettino added: "It was so important, an important result for our confidence and to add three points in the table for us was very, very important tonight. Of course very pleased.

"After the second half against Watford I was happy, not great as I told you, now the same, not great but good. I feel good. We start to see that it's only time that we need to recover our best feelings.

"We need to build that confidence of course. We need to go step by step, being solid again and that is only the first step, like the second half at Watford, to build again our confidence and try to perform in the way that we and everyone expect."

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min scored doubles to ease the pressure on Mauricio Pochettino and kick-start Tottenham's Champions League campaign with a comprehensive 5-0 win over Red Star Belgrade.

Spurs have endured a difficult start to the season, with just one win in their previous seven games - including a 7-2 European defeat to Bayern Munich - leading to speculation that Pochettino's position could be under threat.

His side made light work of accommodating opponents on Tuesday, though, as goals from Kane and Son inside the opening 16 minutes gave them the platform for a first Champions League win of the season.

Son added a third in the 44th minute before Erik Lamela and Kane scored in the second half to help Spurs move up to second in Group B, five points behind Bayern.

Spurs started on the front foot and went ahead in the ninth minute, Kane losing his marker at the near post and glancing Erik Lamela's inswinging corner past Milan Borjan.

Lamela was the provider again after 16 minutes, cutting back inside down the right and picking out Son at the far post, where the South Korean steered a powerful half-volley high into Borjan's net.

Borjan then twice prevented Spurs from increasing their advantage midway through the first half, superbly pawing away efforts from Tanguy Ndombele and Lamela.

There was little he could do about Spurs' third shortly before half-time, however, as Son coolly slotted past the keeper from eight yards after being played in by Ndombele.

Lamela spurned two glorious chances at the start of the second period before finally finding the back of the net in the 57th minute. The 27-year-old collected Serge Aurier's pass inside the area, spun away from his marker and blazed past Borjan.

The Red Star goalkeeper denied a clean-through Lamela soon after, while Son clipped into his side-netting after a surging run.

Kane got the better of Borjan in the 72nd minute, though, slotting into his left-hand corner from 10 yards to seal a dominant win that suggests Pochettino's players are still fighting for him. 

 

What does it mean? Don't write Spurs off just yet

Speaking ahead of this game, Kane said it could just take one positive result to turn Spurs' stuttering season around – this might be it. Pochettino will certainly breathe a little easier after a ruthless display that suggested there is still plenty of life left in a side that has been written off by many.

Lamela in fine form

The Argentina international was central to Spurs' success, putting in two delicious crosses that were clinically dispatched by Kane and Son in the early stages and scoring a superb fourth in the second half. 

Lloris' understudy looking shaky

Hugo Lloris' replacement, Paulo Gazzaniga, did not have a great deal to do but when called into action he hardly inspired confidence. Spurs fans will be hoping the France World Cup winner returns to action sooner rather than later.

What's next?

Tottenham return to Premier League action on Sunday with a daunting trip to leaders Liverpool, while Red Star are in domestic action against Radnik Surdulica a day earlier.

Harry Kane acknowledged he is experiencing his toughest period at Tottenham but has backed the club to get out of their slump.

Spurs were held to a disappointing 1-1 Premier League draw by Watford on Saturday, leaving Mauricio Pochettino's side without a win in three matches in all competitions.

They are seventh in the Premier League and go into Tuesday's Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade third in Group B after picking up just one point from their first two games.

Kane is at a loss to explain the club's poor run of form but believes they are only one positive result away from turning their season around.

"It's hard to put a finger on exactly what's wrong," the England international told a media conference. "Sometimes when you're having a run of form like this, things don't always go your way in games.

"It's about sticking together and if we win tomorrow night that can kick-start us.

"It's probably the toughest time since I've been here. It’s just another challenge, though. The road to success will always have bumps and this is just one of them.

"We went through an experience in the last Champions League campaign where we had less points than we do now. We know about the effort it takes to get through a Champions League group. We have to believe and fight for everything together."

Kane also dismissed rumours Tottenham's players are fatigued after being overworked by Pochettino.  

"There’s going to be speculation when things aren't going well, when you're not winning games," he added. "People will look from the outside for excuses. From our point of view, we work hard every day.

"We have worked hard since the manager came here to improve as players and as a team; that hasn't changed.

"It would be wrong to do more or less. We need to carry on doing what we have always done and that is keep working as hard as possible."

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says the club's situation looks worse due to heightened expectations after last year's run to the Champions League final.

Pochettino oversaw a stunning campaign in Europe last time out, with his side ultimately succumbing to a 2-0 defeat to domestic rivals Liverpool in Madrid.

The club have endured a sobering start to the 2019-20 campaign, though, languishing seventh in the Premier League and suffering a 7-2 Champions League humiliation by Bayern Munich earlier this month.

Their form has led to speculation that Pochettino's position could be under threat, but the 47-year-old does not think the situation is as dire as many have suggested and says he is working hard to turn around his players' confidence.

"The expectation changed after the Champions League final and that is why the situation looks worse," he told a media conference ahead of Spurs' Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday.

"The most important thing is to build our confidence again. When all the circumstances are against you, you need to be strong and work harder because you need to expend more energy.

"I am talking to the players collectively and individually. For many of our players this is the first time they've been in a tough period.

"For 99 per cent of our players they were in a very good period for the past five years. It's a very new thing for them.

"Every game is important. It's important to win tomorrow to be in a good position in the table. In this type of period our worst opponent is ourselves and we need to build our confidence."

Pochettino added he is not surprised at rumours over his future, suggesting past success counts for little in football.

"That’s football; I’m not surprised," he said. "In the same way they praise you, football is all about winning. What happened yesterday is gone."

Tottenham are third in Champions League Group B, having picked up just one point from their opening two games. 

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld insisted Spurs are still "fighting" for manager Mauricio Pochettino amid the club's struggles.

Spurs were held to a disappointing 1-1 Premier League draw by Watford on Saturday, leaving Tottenham without a win in three matches in all competitions.

Pochettino's future has come into question as Tottenham languish in seventh position, while they were humiliated 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League prior to the international break.

However, Alderweireld said Spurs are behind Pochettino, who led Tottenham to the Champions League final last season.

"There is a team on the pitch and you see us fighting," Belgium international Alderweireld said.

"Everyone is behind the club and the manager otherwise we could not have put the effort we put in."

Alderweireld added: "I think we didn't make the right decisions. At the end they had one long ball and they scored. It's difficult, not positive, but in the second half we changed the game.

"We did a lot better. We could have scored a lot more goals. We need to improve and improve and improve. It's the same players [as last season] and we have to get out of this."

Tottenham host Red Star Belgrade on matchday three in the Champions League on Tuesday.

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