Tottenham Hotspur latest, Waddle criticises side's defence, Dier's belief ahead of City trip

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

Former Tottenham Hotspur winger Chris Waddle says the side still has defensive frailties to address if they want to improve.

Waddle has said the defence hasn't been sorted ever since former captain Ledley King retired, and told the London Evening Standard that he didn't believe the transfer business undertaken by Mauricio Pochettino improved the starting XI.

He said: “I think he's got a lot of players very similar to what was already there, there are a lot of players who can play the same role.

“I don't think they've had a good pairing at centre-half since Ledley King played.

“Every game I watch Tottenham play, [Hugo] Lloris seems to be called into action every two or three minutes, so there's got to be a problem if you're goalkeeper makes too many saves.”

One defender they brought in during the summer was Eric Dier, who has been looking ahead to tomorrow's huge clash with champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

He told the Tottenham website the side must believe they can take something from the game after being thrashed by City 6-0 last season.

He said: “There is no point going unless you believe you can do something so after the win against Southampton we want to keep that momentum and try to get a positive result up there.”

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is expecting to face a different Tottenham side to the one last season during tomorrow lunchtime's game.

He told his pre-match press conference: "They are a very strong team. Mauricio Pochettino is a very good manager. I'm not saying Villas-Boas wasn't in that moment, but really we played our best last season. We hope on Saturday we can do a very good game also." 

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