Where Tottenham Hotspur should aim to be at the NEXT international break

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With several high profile players called up to play for their countries - we look at where Tottenham Hotspur would like to be the next time international football comes around. How will they continue to progress under Mauricio Pochettino in the Argentine's first season in charge?

After the first few games of Mauricio Pochettino's reign at Tottenham, it seemed very, very positive. A last minute win against a fierce rival in West Ham United and then a comfortable win over Queens Park Rangers sent them top of the table after two games - couple that with progression to the group stages of the Europa League, and it was a good start. 

But then came the loss to Liverpool, leaving an international break to mull over things - and there was a bit of a struggle from then on. There were two draws in the Europa League, a home defeat to West Bromwich Albion, a draw against Sunderland where they ought to have won the game, and a draw at Arsenal - though not a bad result, it's always disappointing to let a lead slip. 

Positives following on from their first international break include progressing to the last-16 of the League Cup and a 1-0 home win over Southampton.

There is some good news on the way it seems with Kyle Walker on the comeback trail though Eric Dier is likely to have some. One thing they will hope for is no fresh injury concerns following these internationals, especially with Kyle Naughton likely to be sidelined until the New Year.

Their first game after the international break couldn't be tougher with a visit to champions Manchester City, but other league games against Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Stoke City all appear winnable for Pochettino's men - therefore they should be aiming for maximum points from those games. 

Given their slow start to the Europa League group stage, getting two wins against Asteras Tripolis home and away would put them in a comfortable position to qualify for the next round. If not then they could end up looking over their shoulders and leaving things to chance somewhat - whilst in the League Cup there is the winnable home tie of Brighton & Hove Albion in the League Cup.

Overall, they should be in the quarter-finals of the League Cup after this spell, and within striking distance of the main competitors of the Champions League at least. They'll be favourites for their Europa League games, and they should win them both. Nine points and significant progress in the two cup competitions would leave Spurs in good shape the next time their players go off to play for their countries.

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