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Tottenham boss Pochettino: I prefer to lose like this

Tottenham boss Pochettino: I prefer to lose like this

"I promise you, nobody!" That's how we were taught to play football - it's about how the referee perceives things.

In the first leg at Wembley a fortnight ago, VAR awarded Spurs a penalty after ruling Harry Kane was onside in the build-up to his foul.

"What worries me is that there is going to be a situation where football starts to annoy fans".

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he is happy with midfielder Victor Wanyama's rehabilitation after injury, and maintains the club will not change their transfer strategy despite potentially costly injuries to striker Harry Kane and midfielder Dele Alli.

Leading goalscorer Kane's penalty kick gave Tottenham a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the first leg match.

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Pochettino said: "It is a good idea to delay [VAR's introduction to the Premier League] because if we don't have all the information or don't know how it will work or how we can better develop the system, it is better to stop for one year or more".

And while Nkoudou's Tottenham career is yet to spark into life, he could be a useful option off the bench to stretch teams. Whether you get the benefit or not, it's so unusual.

"Maybe technically it's a handball, but in football we know very well when it's not intentional and only the referee can see that, or the players that are around". But after that, it is about whether the referee sees the incident or not.

It's a London derby at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night where Spurs will take a 1-0 advantage to Chelsea, so there is everything to play for as the two rivals go head to head for the third time this season.

"I remember the experience playing in the snow against Rochdale". I'm so happy with the performance and the way we fought. So sometimes three. I've kept all the trophies in my house in Murphy. But we played seven-a-side. The England worldwide started against Tottenham in the first leg and I think he'll be given the nod alongside Jorginho and Kante tomorrow with Mateo Kovacic dropping out.