If Manchester United want to keep Paul Pogba, it is going to cost them.

Pogba wanted to leave Old Trafford as Real Madrid and Juventus circled before the transfer window closed.

Now, Pogba has some personal demands for United.

 

TOP STORY – POGBA MAKES CONTRACT DEMAND

Manchester United star Paul Pogba wants to double his salary to £30million in order to stay at the club, reports Tuttosport.

Pogba eyed an Old Trafford exit prior to the close of the transfer window, with LaLiga giants Real Madrid and former club Juventus interested.

A move did not materialise and now Pogba is looking to secure a new bumper contract in Manchester.

 

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- According to the Daily Star, England manager Gareth Southgate is Tottenham's first choice to succeed Mauricio Pochettino. The pressure is on at Spurs, who are struggling for form as doubts grow over Pochettino's future in London. Despite Tottenham's dismal start to the season, though, The Sun claims Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is reluctant to part with Pochettino as he feels it would benefit rivals United and Madrid.

- The Express reports West Ham have slapped a £100million price tag on Manchester United and Manchester City target Declan Rice. The Red Devils were linked with the England international during the off-season, however, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were unable to lure Rice to Old Trafford.

Bayern Munich are still interested in injured Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, according to The Sun. Bundesliga champions Bayern were hoping to sign Sane before the Germany international suffered a serious knee injury.

- The Mirror claims Champions League holders Liverpool fear losing manager Jurgen Klopp to Germany. The Premier League leaders believe they will not be able to convince the former Borussia Dortmund boss to stay at Anfield should he be presented with an opportunity to replace Joachim Low.

Madrid are ready to compete with LaLiga rivals Barcelona for the signing of Napoli's Spanish midfielder Fabian Ruiz according to reports from La Gazzetta dello Sport and Mundo Deportivo.

- Manchester United will demand £20million for Dean Henderson after re-signing star goalkeeper David De Gea, says The Sun. England Under-21 keeper Henderson is on loan at Premier League side Sheffield United but dropped a clanger in Saturday's defeat to Liverpool.

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino hailed the determination shown by 10-man Tottenham in their 2-1 victory over Southampton on Saturday but he expected nothing less.

Spurs had defender Serge Aurier sent off for a second yellow card just after the half-hour mark in the Premier League clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Danny Ings then cancelled out Tanguy Ndombele's opener by pouncing on Hugo Lloris' error, but Harry Kane restored the lead and Spurs showed their grit to secure the points despite their numerical disadvantage.

It was an important riposte to a disappointing run that saw Spurs surrender a 2-0 lead in their Champions League opener to draw at Olympiacos, lose 2-1 at Leicester City and be dumped out of the EFL Cup on penalties by Colchester United.

"To be honest I am not surprised about the character of the team," Pochettino said about their victory.

"We have the character. Sometimes we need to realise that every time we compete we have to use this character in different circumstances. 

"In some games we struggle to show that, but we have an amazing squad, and amazing players. 

"A few months ago we played in the Champions League final, not because of luck, it was because we fully deserved to be there. We cannot have changed too much in a few months.

"I feel proud. I was so happy for them, my players, my squad, we have unbelievable players, only we needed to recover the spirit that we showed."

Pochettino was happy with the way his players responded to their setbacks and refused to criticise Lloris for being too casual for Southampton's goal.

He added: "In this moment it was tough, with the sending off and then we conceded in those circumstances.

"I don't want anyone to blame Hugo, in this action I want the blame because I demand him to do what he was doing. 

"We are talking about if not the best, in the top three or five goalkeepers in the world. He is so strong mentally and of course showed that he wasn't affected.

"Of course, this situation can happen, but I think the team showed unbelievable spirit after that. 

"A few situations that could be a tough impact in a negative way today we showed an amazing spirit and of course helping our fans, who were amazing."

Liverpool's flawless start to their Premier League season continued on Saturday with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Sheffield United thanks to Georginio Wijnaldum's winner.

The Reds were made to battle by the Blades and secured their seventh win in as many games after Dutch midfielder Wijnaldum's shot squirmed through the legs of Blades goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

Chelsea earned Frank Lampard his first league win at Stamford Bridge with a 2-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion, while top-four rivals Tottenham, who were reduced to 10 men, claimed a 2-1 win over Southampton.

Elsewhere, Wolves beat Watford 2-0, Crystal Palace battled to a 2-0 win against Norwich City, and Aston Villa's clash with Burnley and Bournemouth's match against West Ham both finished in 2-2 draws.

KLOPP'S MEN SHOW THEIR GRIT

This was a day when Liverpool had to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in. Sheffield United did not give Jurgen Klopp's side an inch and the German had to squeeze every ounce of effort out of his players.

It was even more acute when Liverpool's front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino seemed to forget where the goal was and errant finishing might have proved costly on another day.

Klopp's side have been renowned for their free-flowing football but they showed a grittier side against dogged opponents at Bramall Lane.

If they are to go one better than last season and beat Manchester City to the title that resilience, especially away from Anfield, is going to be key.

HOME COMFORT FOR LAMPARD

Lampard had gone into this game without a Premier League victory at Stamford Bridge – it was an itch he was absolutely desperate to scratch.

Chelsea thrashed Grimsby 7-1 in the EFL Cup on Wednesday to give Lampard his first win on home soil, but it is the league where the former England international will be judged and he needed three points against Brighton.

At half-time, with the scoreline goalless against the Seagulls, Lampard might have been more than a little concerned.

However, a penalty from Jorginho five minutes into the second half eased the nerves before compatriot Willian added a second to give Chelsea a routine victory.

SPURS SHOW THEIR METTLE

This had all the hallmarks of being a miserable day for Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino, but he ended up with a smile on his face.

A red card for Serge Aurier just after the half-hour mark and a howler from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had the whiff of a Tottenham implosion.

Tanguy Ndombele put Tottenham ahead before Aurier was shown a second yellow card. Lloris then sloppily allowed Danny Ings to equalise when he casually received a Toby Alderweireld pass.

Harry Kane had Spurs ahead again before half-time but, playing the majority of the game with 10 men, Southampton had chances. Spurs, though, showed plenty of backbone to earn the three points.

LATE EQUALISERS FOR BURNLEY AND WEST HAM

Aston Villa missed the chance for a second league win after they were twice pegged by Burnley. Anwar El Ghazi put Villa ahead before Jay Rodriguez levelled. John McGinn had Dean Smith's side in front again, only for Chris Wood to equalise with nine minutes left.

Bournemouth's clash with West Ham also finished 2-2. Andriy Yarmolenko's third league goal of the campaign put the Hammers in the lead but Josh King equalised. In-form Callum Wilson then struck in the first minute after half-time only for Aaron Cresswell to secure a share of the spoils for the Hammers.

In the day's other games, Wolves banked their first three points of the season with a 2-0 victory over winless Watford, who prop up the rest of the table, thanks to a strike from Matt Doherty and Daryl Janmaat's own goal.

Crystal Palace clinched a 2-0 win over newly promoted Norwich to move into the comfort of mid-table following a penalty from spot-kick expert Luka Milivojevic and an injury-time strike from Andros Townsend.

Harry Kane got the winning goal as Tottenham eased the pressure on Mauricio Pochettino with a 2-1 win over Southampton, despite an awful Hugo Lloris error and Serge Aurier's first-half dismissal.

Spurs' underwhelming start to the season took a turn for the worse with Tuesday's EFL Cup elimination by League Two's Colchester United, exacerbating the aura of frustration at the club.

But they showed admirable character to see off Saints in tricky circumstances.

Tanguy Ndombele's opener was soon forgotten when Serge Aurier's sending off for two bookings was followed by a diabolical Lloris mistake that gifted Danny Ings an equaliser.

But Kane converted after a devastating break at the end of the first half and 10-man Spurs managed to hold on in the face of intense pressure after the break, with Lloris making a couple of fine saves to go some way to making up for his earlier calamity.

It was not a match synonymous with displays of fine goalkeeping, as the hosts opened the scoring in the 24th minute when Angus Gunn let Ndombele's left-footed strike from the edge of the box in despite it being almost straight at him.

Lloris then contrived to take the focus away from everyone else 15 minutes later, comically failing to clear under pressure from Ings, who bundled over the line after the goalkeeper's attempted 'Cruyff turn'.

That came shortly after Aurier was dismissed for two bookings – the second for a cynical tug on Ryan Bertrand – in quick succession, but Spurs still went into the break ahead.

Son Heung-min, Christian Eriksen and Kane linked on a breath-taking counter and the latter finished into the bottom-left corner.

Lloris went some way to restoring a semblance of authority in the second half with two wonderful stops to deny James Ward-Prowse's long-range free-kick and then a Maya Yoshida header as Spurs held on to move up to fourth in the table.

 

What does it mean? Spurs up to fourth

For all the doom and gloom surrounding Spurs this week, their overall outlook in the Premier League is actually brighter than many would expect.

Victory lifted them up to fourth on goal difference, with six teams on 11 points. Pochettino will surely feel a little more relaxed with the triumph.

Son Spurs' leading light

While he was not necessarily at his remarkable best, there is no doubt Son made the difference. He set up Ndombele's opener and then played a vital role in the counter for Kane's strike. The forward also worked hard off the ball, making four tackles.

Aurier gives Spurs an uphill struggle

Although Lloris was certainly a contender for flop of the match, Aurier's somewhat typical rashness left Spurs a man light for an hour. Too often he is a liability for Pochettino – he is surely running out of chances after two yellows in the space of four minutes.

What's next?

Spurs return to Premier League action next Saturday at Brighton and Hove Albion, but not before hosting Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday. Saints welcome Chelsea a week on Sunday.

Christian Eriksen appears set to leave Tottenham and Manchester United could make it happen in January.

The Denmark international was linked with a move away from Spurs during the close season amid reported interest from Real Madrid, but ended up staying in North London.

However, with his contract expiring at season's end, United are said to be weighing up a deal.

 

TOP STORY – MAN UNITED CONSIDER ERIKSEN MOVE IN JANUARY

Manchester United are considering a January move for Spurs midfielder Eriksen, according to Goal.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are struggling this season and could look to strengthen to begin 2020.

Madrid are also reportedly still interested in Eriksen, but may want to wait until the end of the season to bring in the Dane.

 

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- Pictured with Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar on Thursday, Arthur may have upset his club Barcelona. The LaLiga champions are unhappy with the midfielder after the night out, according to Marca.

- Staying at Camp Nou and Neymar seems to remain eager for a return to Barcelona. Cadena SER reports the forward would have dropped his lawsuit against the club if they promised to re-sign him next year. Neymar is in court against Barca fighting to be paid a bonus he believes he is owed from his contract signed in 2016.

- Jose Mourinho knows what he wants his next move to be. Having turned down numerous clubs since leaving Old Trafford, Mourinho wants a return to Real Madrid, according to Goal.

- Everton are apparently looking to sign Mario Gotze. The Borussia Dortmund attacker is out of contract at the end of the season and Augsburger Allgemeine says the Premier League club want to sign Gotze on a free transfer.

Moussa Sissoko has been rewarded for his emergence as a key player at Tottenham with a new four-year contract, the club confirmed.

Sissoko, 30, joined Spurs from Newcastle United in 2016 for a then club-record fee and has steadily won over many of his detractors, becoming one of Mauricio Pochettino's most dependable players in midfield.

The France international made just 23 Premier League starts in his first two seasons at the club, with transfer rumours often linking him to an exit.

Criticism from some supporters centred on a perceived lack of technical ability, while even Pochettino accepted in November 2016 the reported £30million acquisition was failing to meet expectations.

But 27 of his 29 Premier League outings in 2018-19 were from the start, while his all-action displays in midfield were also a major contributor in Spurs' run to the Champions League final.

He has remained a key figure for Pochettino at the start of this campaign, lining up for all six of their top-flight matches, and earned a two-year contract extension, completing his battle back from the brink of a departure.

Alluding to his early struggles, Sissoko told SpursTV: "Hopefully everyone will be happy with my new contract. Of course, my family and friends are happy and proud, because they know at the beginning it was tough for me.

"But I never gave up, always believed in myself, always giving my best even in the bad moments.

"I've learned a lot as a man and a footballer. The facilities and talent of players and coaching staff is unbelievable."

Harry Kane acknowledged the close-season transfer window unsettled Tottenham but says the team's current on-field issues are baffling.

After 18 months without major first-team investment, Spurs were uncharacteristically active during the most recent transfer window, bringing in Giovani Lo Celso, Ryan Sessegnon and Tanguy Ndombele to bolster the midfield.

However, several players were reportedly eager to leave, with Christian Eriksen publicly confirming his desire for a new challenge following links with Real Madrid.

Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose and Victor Wanyama were also linked with moves, but all stayed.

Spurs have won only two of their eight matches across all competitions and were dumped out of the EFL Cup by League Two side Colchester United on Tuesday, losing on penalties after a 0-0 draw, and Kane accepts the transfer window has had an impact.

"Obviously in the transfer window just gone, there were players who maybe wanted to leave, and it was public knowledge that there were players close to leaving who stayed," Kane told Sky Sports.

"So, it's never easy when you have a situation like that, but now that's closed, we all just want to move in the right direction.

"Whoever is on the pitch has to give everything for the club, that's all we can ask for. You have to kind of put your individual needs to one side and make sure you're performing to the highest level, because that will help your individual status anyway."

Kane is not certain Tottenham's issues on the pitch stem from the transfer window, however.

"It's hard to put a finger on it," he added. "We feel like we're training well, doing everything right, but maybe we haven't started games with the right energy."

Spurs return to action at home to Southampton on Saturday.

Kane said: "The [Crystal] Palace game [when Spurs won 4-0] was the best example of how we should start: on the front foot and pressing, ruthless with chances, and that's what we've done in previous seasons, especially at home.

"We just need to find a way to get that good feeling back. We just need to get off that form, start fresh, get off to winning ways on Saturday and take that momentum forward."

First reports of interest from Real Madrid. Now Manchester United…

Mauricio Pochettino's future is dominating headlines amid Tottenham's struggles this season.

A switch to Old Trafford could be on the cards for Pochettino.

 

TOP STORY – UNITED READY TO SPLASH CASH FOR POCH

According to The Sun, Manchester United are willing to make a move for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham have struggled since reaching the Champions League final last season, and Pochettino is reportedly unhappy in London.

Speculation has linked to Pochettino to LaLiga giants Real Madrid and United, who are prepared to meet his £32million buyout clause, having reportedly considered the Argentinian before appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

 

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- Manchester United star Paul Pogba will make another attempt to leave Old Trafford in January, claims The Sun. Pogba was tipped to depart United during the previous transfer window, however, a proposed move to either Real Madrid or Juventus did not materialise.

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo already has an idea for who could replace head coach Thomas Tuchel. After a shock loss to Reims in Ligue 1, Calciomercato says Leonardo only wants former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri if Tuchel leaves the French champions.

- Tuttosport says Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic is waiting for Manchester United in January after turning down a move to Qatar. It comes as the Daily Mail reports United have sent scouts to watch Lyon's Moussa Dembele.

Barcelona are continuing to heavily monitor Napoli star and Spanish midfielder Fabian Ruiz, according to Mundo Deportivo.

- Premier League champions Manchester City and Southampton are scouting Hearts left-back Aaron Hickey, reports the Daily Record.

Mauricio Pochettino insists he has had tougher times at Tottenham after a dismal winless week that saw him seemingly question the togetherness of his squad.

After giving away a 2-0 lead to draw their Champions League opener at Olympiacos 2-2, Spurs lost 2-1 despite being a goal to the good at Leicester City last weekend.

Worse was to follow in midweek, as League Two Colchester United dumped Pochettino's side out of the EFL Cup on penalties.

This more pronounced slump compounded a general trend of inconsistency that set in during Tottenham's run to the Champions League final last season.

Nevertheless, speaking ahead of Saturday's Premier League match against his old employers Southampton, Pochettino urged reporters to look at the bigger picture.

Asked whether this was the toughest point of a tenure that began in 2014, he replied: "No, the most difficult was the first season and then during a few [other] seasons it was tough in some periods.

"I am so relaxed, I become more relaxed in these 'difficult' or 'tough' moments. Then [you only need] one result.

"We deserved to win the game against Leicester. Three points more and we are third in the table. We are talking about a fantastic season and a fantastic performance. [People would say], 'Wow – what quality players and an amazing coaching staff and manager, we are performing in the best way and winning games'.

"The line is so thin between one or another and sometimes in football it happens that you don't have the luck you deserve.

After the Colchester game, Pochettino suggested transfer speculation over Christian Eriksen, plus Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld entering the final year of their contracts, had left his squad unsettled.

He moved to clarify that, while there were issues he needed to address during pre-season, these hinderances were now behind them.

"You ask me, and I give you an answer. You expect me to be honest," Pochettino said.

"Because you are so clever you ask me, you make me talk and after you use my words and my speech.

"For me, this type of situation that I was talking about, today is in the past. Of course, there are some collateral consequences and damage we need to fix.

"We are in a moment when we are fixing problems to try to be better and start to get the results that we expect. To win the games

"We are not so far away because I think our performances are not as bad as the feeling or the emotion or the atmosphere that we create.

"I think that I am sure that we are going to start to win game, perform as well and we need time to find the solution. We are trying to find the solution."

Pochettino remains without recent acquisitions Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon due to respective hip and hamstring injuries.

Niko Kovac says Leon Goretzka will not recover from a thigh injury in time to play against Tottenham in the Champions League next week.

The Bayern Munich midfielder had surgery earlier this month after he aggravated an existing issue while on Germany duty.

Bayern initially gave no timescale for Goretzka's recovery but Kovac does not expect his return to be imminent, though there is better news on left-back David Alaba.

"David Alaba has trained today, it looks good," Kovac told reporters ahead of Saturday's Bundesliga trip to bottom side Paderborn.

"Let's see how it develops tomorrow [Friday] with him. Leon Goretzka still takes a bit longer.

"I expect [he will return] only after the international break."

Jann-Fiete Arp is yet to make his Bundesliga debut for Bayern after joining from Hamburg and the striker's wait will continue after he broke a bone in his hand during training.

"We will have to wait on what the doctors say before we can determine when he will return to full training again," Kovac added of the 19-year-old.

"It is difficult. You have to be careful that the bone grows together again. Shocks and jolts could complicate things, so we need to see what the doctors say so we know when to train again.

"Fiete has gotten the time from us and will continue to get it. We try to make him better every day in training, but you cannot expect too much from him.

"He may have been hyped up a bit too much at a young age, you have to be patient with him."

Real Madrid could complete a deal for Christian Eriksen in the new year, while Barcelona have big plans of their own.

Eriksen was heavily linked with a move away from Tottenham in the close season, only for no switch to materialise as he entered the final year of his contract.

But that could change at the start of 2020, while Barca are also looking to the Premier League for a big signing.

 

TOP STORY – MADRID WANT ERIKSEN SIGNED IN JANUARY

Real Madrid are hoping Eriksen will sign a pre-contract in January, according to the Mirror.

The LaLiga giants want the Denmark international signed before joining for free when his contract expires at the end of the season.

The report says Madrid are also targeting Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino with Zinedine Zidane under some pressure at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports Tottenham are worried Eriksen will reject attempts to sell him in January.

 

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- With Ernesto Valverde under pressure, Barcelona great Xavi – the Al Sadd boss – sees Manchester City star Raheem Sterling as a perfect signing if he takes over as coach, according to the Daily Mail. Real Madrid are also reportedly interested in the England attacker.

- If Pochettino leaves Tottenham, it appears there are several managers interested in moving to Spurs. The Sun reports former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is waiting in the wings if Pochettino leaves, while the Daily Mail says former Spurs forward Jurgen Klinsmann also wants the job.

- Amid uncertainty over his future at Camp Nou, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has ruled out moving to Qatar, according to Fox Sports. The Croatia international has previously been linked to Paris Saint-Germain.

- Barcelona are pressing for Spain not to take 16-year-old forward Ansu Fati to the upcoming Under-17 World Cup, according to AS. Fati has been a revelation for Barca this season, scoring two goals in six games.

- Linked with a move to MLS side Chicago Fire, Andres Guardado is set to stay at Real Betis. The Mexico international will sign a two-year contract with the LaLiga outfit, according to Estadio Deportivo, with his current deal ending at season's end.

- Claudio Ranieri is set for a return to coaching. The 67-year-old, who left Roma at the end of last season, could take over at struggling Ligue 1 club Saint-Etienne, according to Calciomercato.

Harry Kane accepts Tottenham are falling below their own high standards this season but is refusing to rule his side out of the Premier League title race.

Tottenham have won just two of their opening six top-flight matches this term and were knocked out of the EFL Cup at the third-round stage by League Two side Colchester United on Tuesday.

Kane has started each of the north London club's league matches and believes their underwhelming start to the campaign is inexcusable.

"I'd say it's been disappointing. I don't think there's any hiding behind that," he told Sky Sports. "To only win two games out of our first seven is not the standards that we've set in previous years.

"Obviously the two draws at [Manchester] City and Arsenal are not terrible results, but being 2-0 up at Arsenal and drawing does feel like a terrible result.

"We've put ourselves in good positions this season but just haven't managed to see the game out or find a way to win like we have in previous years.

"It's a disappointing start, but there are plenty of games to turn that around, starting with the game on Saturday [against Southampton]."

Kane also played a full part in last week's 2-2 draw at Olympiacos, with Spurs throwing away a two-goal lead in their opening Champions League match.

"[Game management] is something we need to get better at," he said. "When we go ahead in games we need to be more confident, to see the game out, whether we drop behind the ball or carry on playing, whatever suits that game.

"We're not inexperienced any more, we're not young any more, the excuses aren't there for us any more. It's down to us players to take responsibility."

Tottenham find themselves 10 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool with six matches played, but Kane insists last season's Champions League runners-up cannot be written off just yet.

"If this was January or February people would be saying there's no chance of us winning it," he said.

"Obviously it's not the ideal start, but stranger things have happened. You can never rule yourselves out until it's done."

Mauricio Pochettino feels Tottenham's unsettled squad is contributing to a below-par start to the 2019-20 season.

Spurs crashed out of the EFL Cup at the first hurdle on Tuesday, exiting 4-3 on penalties at League Two side Colchester United.

They have not won away from home in the Premier League since January and sit seventh in the table, level on points with Burnley and Sheffield United, after a 2-1 loss at Leicester City last time out.

Spurs also threw away a two-goal lead to draw at Olympiacos in the Champions League this month, with Pochettino appearing increasingly frustrated.

Star midfielder Christian Eriksen's contract expires in 2020 and the Denmark international, who missed a penalty in the shoot-out, has been open about his desire to move on from the Champions League runners-up.

Defensive duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are also in the final year of their Spurs deals and Pochettino believes uncertainty within the squad is affecting results.

Asked why Spurs are struggling, he told a news conference: "I think we talked a lot [about transfer speculation] in pre-season.

"We have experience in football and it's so important the feelings were how I explained in pre-season but now it's not about what I said in pre-season. It's about that we knew or I knew it would be a tough situation.

"When you have an unsettled squad always it's difficult and you lose time and then you need time to recover the time you lose. That's where we are.

"Maybe our performances are good but you need this extra, which is mental, connection, it's energy to be all together, not to have different agendas in the squad. We need time again to build that togetherness that you need when you are competing at this level."

With the transfer window closed until January, Spurs are likely to face continued uncertainty over Eriksen, Alderweireld and Vertonghen.

"Look, I am only telling you [the media] how I feel," Pochettino added. "We are working so hard to try and get on the same page. We need time, we are going to have time to fix that.

"January is going to be a good opportunity to try and fix this type of situation and sort it. Then the next transfer window, again. That's the problem when something happens and you cannot control – this type of situation can arrive.

"I'm more than happy to be in that situation, it means we are human. To keep the successful period in football you need to be different every single season and act differently and find a different solution.

"Maybe we need to do something different and we are trying to find the way to start to perform and get the results we expect."

Mauricio Pochettino was at a loss to explain Tottenham's penalty shoot-out defeat to Colchester United in the third round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday.

Colchester frustrated Spurs throughout a goalless 90 minutes, restricting their Premier League visitors' chances and keeping defenders Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier busy on the break.

The game went to penalties and Christian Eriksen had his spot-kick saved by Dean Gerken before Lucas Moura crashed an effort against the crossbar as the League Two team triumphed 4-3.

Pochettino assured there was no lack of desire to progress from his side and offered no excuses for their exit.

"First of all, congratulations to Colchester," said Pochettino.

"They made a fantastic game and of course made it difficult [for us to play] our game.

"We are so disappointed we could not score in 90 minutes and on penalties they beat [Crystal] Palace [in the last round] and that can happen.

"In this kind of competition, the beauty is there's always something that can happen but we're disappointed because we wanted to go further. We are out and we cannot explain."

The result left Tottenham with just one win from their last seven matches in all competitions and their away form has been a major barrier to success.

Since January, Tottenham have won just two games on the road in all competitions: a 1-0 win at Borussia Dortmund in March and a 3-2 victory at Ajax in May.

Pochettino said: "We had some chances but not enough to score and then on penalties we lose the game. Of course [we are] very disappointed.

"We are disappointed because it is important to be in all competitions fighting for trophies. We did everything to try to win today, we cannot complain.

"It was only that we didn't score and on penalties we lost."

Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura missed in the shoot-out as Tottenham were dumped out of the EFL Cup by League Two Colchester United, who won 4-3 on penalties after holding their Premier League opponents to a 0-0 draw.

Mauricio Pochettino's men failed to break down their fourth-tier opponents despite having Dele Alli, Lucas and Victor Wanyama in their starting line-up and were punished by John McGreal's side, who knocked Crystal Palace out on penalties in the previous round.

Promising young players Oliver Skipp and Troy Parrott were given rare starts but found themselves embroiled in a real battle with a Colchester side who defended resolutely and gave their Premier League visitors more than the odd scare at JobServe Community Stadium.

Eriksen, on as a second-half substitute, had his penalty saved before Lucas hit the crossbar to prompt wild celebrations among the home fans, but Tottenham are now without a victory in five away games across all competitions.

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