Tottenham latest, Savage brands start 'average,' build up to Saints clash

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A selection of the latest news involving Tottenham Hotspur this Friday evening.

BBC pundit Robbie Savage has said that Tottenham are 'nowhere near' their ambition of qualifying for the Champions League this season.

He says the start the club has made to the season under Mauricio Pochettino has been average, and they haven't been great in the final third of the field.

In his column for the BBC website, he wrote: "It is in attack where this Tottenham team is lacking the most - creating chances and taking them.

"They do not have quality or strength in depth with their strikers and I think Pochettino knows that already."

Next up for Tottenham is Pochettino's old side Southampton at White Hart Lane who are flying high in second place in the Premier League in the early stages of the season.

Ben Davies is anticipating a difficult match on the back of their 1-1 draw with Besiktas in the Europa League, telling the club's official website: “Southampton are doing very well under their new manager so we’re expecting a difficult game, but we’re confident we can pick up the points that we need.”

The defeat left plenty of Spurs players frustrated as Demba Ba cancelled out Harry Kane's strike with a penalty in the closing stages of the game. Federico Fazio was pleased with the side's performance, singling out Kane in particular for praise.

He told the Tottenham website: “Harry was very good today, but so was all the team. We had a good attitude and it was only just before the end when we conceded the penalty that we slipped up.

“We now need to think about Sunday when we play against Southampton. We must try to win this game.”

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