Dele Alli plays down Tottenham Hotspur Premier League woes

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"We are going to rest some players, but Dele is going to play".

The north Londoners are struggling for form in the Premier League, and Pochettino wants to keep his key players fresh for Saturday's visit of Stoke to give them the best chance of victory.

"So we need to use these experiences to improve, to learn, to get more experience".

If you're wondering what the bookies reckon for tonight, it is (unsurprisingly) a Spurs victory by the following scorelines: 2-0, 1-0, 2-1, 3-0.

Tottenham sealed qualification and first place in Group H by beating Borussia Dortmund last month, this seemed the ideal game to rest key players and prioritise the race for the Premier League title. "We've got a great team, a great manager, great staff, so we're looking forward to getting into the next game and getting going".

Writing in his column for BetVictor, ex-striker Owen said: "No Cypriot side has beaten English opposition in European competition and I can't see Apoel bucking that trend at Wembley".

"I think always it's important to assess the players and be sure that some players need to rest because they are so exhausted and they need to breathe a little bit". Then it's a great opportunity to show to the gaffer and the fans that they are available to play and can be regularly in the starting XI.

One academy player who will not be included is 19-year-old winger Marcus Edwards, who Pochettino compared to Lionel Messi ahead of his first-team debut last season. "We are frustrated because the results are not good but it's not about the performances". Sometimes it looks like it's time to have the possibility to play, or sometimes you stop your evolution.

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