Tottenham round-up: Early team news; Pochettino on key factors for victory

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A select round-up of the latest news relating to Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur take on Arsenal at lunch-time today in an eagerly anticipated North London derby.

Spurs are currently sixth in the Premier League table while Arsenal are just one place and two points ahead of them, so Mauricio Pochettino will know how close they are to leap-frogging their fierce rivals.

In early team news, the BBC reports that Nabil Bentaleb could return for Tottenham following his Africa Cup of Nations participation.

As a result of the Algerian’s comeback, Tottenham now have a full quota of players to choose from.

As for Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez remains on the side-lines but fellow summer signing Danny Welbeck is fit to return.

In other news, Pochettino has been speaking about the upcoming derby in comments published by ESPN.

“How can we put the passion out in our players?” he said. “We need to feel the same passion because in football you need to be clever, you need to train, you need to play with your brain, but also with your heart.”

A win for Tottenham this weekend would be huge in their attempt to make a late charge for the Champions League places, and with a full squad to now choose from, it would be foolish to discount them.

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