Alderweireld and Pochettino praise Spurs midfield duo

      

Alderweireld and Pochettino praise Spurs midfield duo

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has praised the efforts of his midfield team-mates Mousa Dembele and Victory Wanyama as Tottenham stand second behind Chelsea in the Premier League table.

Spurs have won three and drawn two matches in the last five games with Dembele and Wanyama at the centre of the park.

“They are both playing fantastic football and having wonderful seasons.” Alderweireld told the club website. “They are strong, good on the ball, they know tactically where they have to go, when they have to clear or keep it.

“They have all the qualities, not one or two things but the lot, so that makes it difficult for opponents. They help us a lot. If teams go through them we are there and if they get through us, Hugo is there! That’s a good thing.”

 Both players have kept their passing above the 88% mark with Dembele having started in 27 matches this season, while Wanyama - 24. The good form of the midfield duo has not remained unnoticed with manager Mauricio Pochettino too who praised them after Tottenham’s win against Middlesborough.

“All the team played well,” he said, “but it’s true that they are showing good commitment and playing well and they understand the position perfectly. It’s important to dominate the area because it’s an area [where] you build the game.

“We have two strong players plus Harry, Eric Dier as well – all the team deserve praise.”

Spurs are on a great run of form, having not conceded defeat in 11 matches while sitting second, nine points behind leaders Chelsea.

 

 

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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 24 52 65
2 Manchester United FC 24 33 53
3 Chelsea FC 24 29 50
4 Liverpool FC 23 26 47
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 24 25 45
6 Arsenal FC 24 14 42
7 Leicester City FC 24 4 34
8 Burnley FC 24 -2 34
9 Everton FC 24 -13 28
10 Watford FC 24 -11 26
11 West Ham United FC 24 -12 26
12 AFC Bournemouth 24 -11 25
13 Crystal Palace FC 24 -15 25
14 Huddersfield Town 24 -22 24
15 Newcastle United FC 24 -12 23
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 24 -16 23
17 Stoke City FC 24 -25 23
18 Southampton FC 24 -11 22
19 West Bromwich Albion FC 24 -12 20
20 Swansea City FC 23 -21 17