Tottenham morning news: Rival praises Spurs display; youngster could start; boss on captain choice

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We round up the morning news from Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham Hotspur have obviously made a lasting impression on Sunderland as Patrick Van Aanholt was full of compliments for their display against the Black Cats last weekend.

Spurs managed to get a 2-2 draw in Wearside last weekend, but were unlucky not to collect the three points given their dominance and Van Aanholt said that the Sunderland team were in agreement that is was a difficult match. 

“Everyone in the changing room was saying that it was one of the hardest games they had played,” Van Aanholt said to the Sunderland Echo. 

“Spurs are a good team and it was a tough game. I was very tired.

“They scored an early goal, but we scored the equaliser early as well and it was good to get level so quickly.

“We could even have won near the end, but, at the final whistle, we were happy with 2-2.”

Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that Milos Veljkovic could play some part in Spurs' Europa League match against Partizan Belgrade today. 

The Serbian defender has travelled with the squad and Pochettino says that he may use the 18-year-old against Partizan due to his knowledge of their football style. 

“We used his information to our benefit,” Pochettino said to London24.

“Milos is a young and very good player and maybe he will have the chance to play.

“It is normal that he has information about Belgrade from his team-mates in the national team, he knows about the club and history. We use it - not too much - but we use it.”

Mauricio Pochettino has defended his decision to make Younes Kaboul captain. 

The imposing centre-back was announced as the man to wear the armband this week, in what was a controversial decision from the Spurs boss, but Pochettino has defended his choice. 

He said: “I don’t read, I don’t take a decision for the feeling from outside the club.

“Always I take a decision always with my reason and from my point of view to provide to the squad and the club the better condition.

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