PHOTOS: Sunderland in training before Spurs match - Alvarez features

We compile the best pictures from Sunderland's training session earlier today.

Sunderland have been pictured in training ahead of their Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

Guys Poyet's squad were put through their paces ahead of what looks a difficult tie at the Stadium of Light on Saturday - but they seemed in good spirits, nevertheless. 

The Black Cats haven't started this season in the best of form and are still looking for their first win, though morale still appears to be high in the camp. 

They were pictured today going for some fitness and shooting drills before partaking in a game of 'football tennis'.

The aim of that game is to keep the ball over the net but they will be hoping to hit the back of it on Saturday and get their season up-and-running.

So far, Poyet's men have picked up draws against Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion, though they were defeated in their most recent encounter at Queens Park Rangers thanks to a Charlie Austin winner. 

Spurs, meanwhile, have six points from their opening three games, although a defeat to Liverpool in their last match before the international break may have dented confidence slightly before their trip to the North-East. Brendan Rodgers' side were 3-0 victors at White Hart Lane that day. Will that result give the Black Cats the hope they need to muster a result?

Either way, here are some of the best photos from Sunderland in training today...

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