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Spurs boss has faith in his squad as Eriksen joins list of absentees

 

By Tom Allnutt

Mauricio Pochettino insists he will not be crying over Tottenham's long list of absentees ahead of their Champions League game against Apoel Nicosia. Christian Eriksen made it seven players unavailable for the match in Cyprus after the Dane fell ill on Sunday and was unable even to travel with the Spurs squad.

He joins the suspended Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli in missing out, along with Mousa Dembele, Danny Rose, Victor Wanyama and Erik Lamela, who are all injured.

"It's not an excuse to have some players out of the squad," Pochettino said.

"I am not a manager who cries because a player cannot play."

Pochettino is keen to guard against complacency despite Tottenham being expected to overcome an Apoel side that are likely to finish bottom of Group H.

"Our supporters might expect us to win but we know very well the Champions League is very tough and this is a tough game waiting for us," Pochettino said.

"Apoel are very tough. I watched them in their local league and against Real Madrid. They have good players.

"It is important to take the game and respect them because we need to win. First we need to play better than them and show we deserve the three points."

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