Pochettino claims one Tottenham summer signing is disappointed - but may start tonight

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino takes a training session at Tottenham Hotspur's Enfield Training Centre, north-east of London, on December 5, 2017 on the eve...

Tottenham Hotspur take on APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League this evening.

Dortmund's Swiss goalkeeper Roman Buerki (L) is injured by Tottenham Hotspur's Spanish striker Fernando Llorente (R) and later stretchered off during the UEFA Champions League Group H...

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has told Football.London that he still trusts striker Fernando Llorente – and there is a chance he will play against APOEL Nicosia.

Spurs are back in Champions League action tonight as they take on APOEL Nicosia at Wembley Stadium, with the return to European football providing a welcome relief from their Premier League form.

Since the international break, Spurs have picked up just two points from four Premier League outings, meaning they now lie 18 points adrift of league leaders Manchester City.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino takes a training session at Tottenham Hotspur's Enfield Training Centre, north-east of London, on December 5, 2017 on the eve...

Yet in the Champions League, Spurs are still thriving. A 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund last time out means Spurs have dropped just two points from five Champions League games this season, and that was a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid.

With a 100% home record so far, Spurs can end on a high – and pick up a much-needed win – when they face APOEL tonight ahead of the knockout stages of the competition in 2018.

Pochettino may look to rotate his side as a result, and one player who will be looking to feature is striker Fernando Llorente, who is still searching for his first Tottenham goal.

Tottenham Hotspur's Spanish striker Fernando Llorente (L) vies with Borussia Dortmund's Greek defender Sokratis during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between Tottenham...

The 32-year-old striker has gone 16 games without a goal since signing from Swansea City on deadline day in August, and given some of his misses, he seems to be lacking in confidence right now.

Ahead of tonight's game, Pochettino has told Football.London that Llorente is 'disappointed' right now because he isn't scoring, but he is still trusted at Tottenham – and may start against APOEL tonight.

“Maybe he will play,” said Pochettino. “Of course the striker always needs to score. He has some possibility to score in the last few games but he didn’t. We trust in him. It’s so difficult to arrive in a club without pre-season and perform the way that you want. But I am happy with his contribution. Of course, he is disappointed because when he plays he didn’t score but I am sure he is going to help the team,” he added.

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