Tottenham latest: Pochettino on Partizan test, and Kaboul's captaincy

Kaboul And Gallas

A selection of the latest stories surrounding Tottenham Hotspur ahead of their Europa League Group C opener against Partizan Belgrade.

Tottenham Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino has called on the advice of current Montenegro boss Branko Brnovic ahead of this evening's Europa League tie against Partizan Belgrade in Serbia.

Pochettino played with Brnovic - a former Partizan player - with Espanyol for six years, and is quoted on the Tottenham website talking about the test that his side faces.

He said: “We all know that they are a very good team who play with a good philosophy and we expect a tough game.

“They are top of the Serbian league and they have a lot of talent, lots of good players.

“The first game is always important, important to try and get the three points, a good performance and to feel good on the pitch.”

The Spurs boss has also had his say on appointing French defender Younes Kaboul as the club's captain following the departure of Michael Dawson to Hull City.

He told Sky Sports: "Younes has history at Tottenham and has the respect of all teammates. But I think we want all the players to show leadership on the pitch and in the changing room. We have a lot of players who can be the captain but Younes Kaboul was the captain in America in my first game and we are very happy with him."

Benjamin Stambouli, a midfielder signed from Montpellier in the summer, is hoping to show what he can do in the Europa League this evening. 

He told the Tottenham website: “It’s a chance to show what I can do and there are many games, so we need everyone.

“We have targets and we are together to reach these targets. When you think collectively, you are strong.”

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