Tottenham 2-0 Brighton: Mauricio Pochettino wants win at Man City

Harry Kane Son Heung Min and Christian Eriksen will be key for Spurs at Manchester City

"I think with him or without him we win and we lose", he said.

City have opened up an 11-point lead, while Tottenham, in fourth, trail them by 18 points.

"I am so positive. Some players have more influence on the team but we have squad enough and players who can play".

"For the new players that arrived, [it's important] to be more comfortable here, to know everything, to adapt their quality to the team", he told a news conference. I am very pleased for the victory and the effort of the players.

TOTTENHAM are aiming to pile the pressure on the top four as they host Brighton at the national stadium. For us it was hard, but I am not going to complain about how another team [Brighton] play.

Spurs had been due to play West Ham on New Year's Eve but the game has been rescheduled for January 4, meaning they face three fixtures in five days at the start of next year.

There was also the added positive at Wembley that fit-again Erik Lamela started his first competitive fixture since October 2016 and looked bright before being replaced by Dele Alli late on.

"We can not change the reality, the reality is that he is injured and can not play until February", Pochettino told a news conference ahead of Wednesday's home game against Brighton and Hove Albion. Pochettino admitted Alli was unhappy to not be selected to start, but insisted that disappointment is normal.

"He is so important for us". How do other players react when they are on the bench? "I like to play against these teams, against managers like [Pep] Guardiola".

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