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Pochettino demands Spurs match Hammers' fierce hunger

By Staff Reporter

Mauricio Pochettino has told his Tottenham players to match West Ham's fight and desire if they want to overcome their London rivals tomorrow.

Spurs' title challenge was all but ended last term by a 1-0 defeat at the London Stadium, and two years ago they lost by the same scoreline as the Hammers dented their hopes of catching Leicester.

This season's fixture comes much earlier in the campaign but Tottenham can hardly afford another slip-up given they already trail both Manchester United and Manchester City by five points.

The Hammers tend to raise their game against their fiercest rivals and Pochettino has warned his side they must be up for the fight. He said: "For all the excitement and desire they show to beat us, we must show the same. We must show the same desire, excitement and aggression."

Spurs' Harry Kane was the only English player included on Wednesday's 55-man shortlist for the Fifa FifPro World 11, decided by the votes of 25,000 professional players.

"Harry is one of the best strikers in the world and that is confirmation," Pochettino said of Kane's inclusion on the list. "That does not surprise me. We have some players who deserved to be included but they are not."

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