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Swansea boss Carvalhal not expecting weakened Spurs without Kane

18 March 2018

Alli was taken off late on in the win over Bournemouth with a thigh problem and Pochettino was uncertain whether the player would feature in their FA Cup quarter-final against Swansea on Saturday. Dele, no? The question [about whether he should do more] - I'm a little bit: 'Wow.' We expect more from him?

"I am the same".

The 145 minutes since Kane departed last week has demonstrated why Mauricio Pochettino remained unflustered, unlike many other managers might have had they just been shorn of their best player.

Spurs have been one of the best teams in England under Pochettino over recent seasons but have yet to back that up with honours.

"We are calm and relaxed because we have enough quality to play and win games", he said. "It's not the same as winning the Premier League".

Tottenham midfielder, Dele Alli, has said "nobody wants to be labelled as a cheat" amid diving accusations around him. That is one step when you start to understand in your head.

While failing to get past Juventus may be seen by many as a disappointment, it was the Italians' experience and know how of the occasion which saw Spurs undone, and it will be an important learning curve for a terrifically young Tottenham squad to progress to the next level.

They are far from assured a top-four finish in the Premier League and Leicester, with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez in form, will be a tough proposition at the King Power on Sunday.

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Swansea will have bigger fish to fry on their mind, with survival in the Premier League being their primary objective for the season, due to which the manager is likely to make some key changes in the line-up.

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"When you win something it is like you have finished an fantastic job". Beauty, of course, is in the eye of the beholder and there are many Spurs fans who will be equally turned on by lifting some silverware at Wembley before moving back home in the summer. When you arrive, you arrive. When you arrive, you arrive, but then you need to be ready for the next challenge. If not, all that happiness will transform into sadness.

However, apart from Kane Spurs have an nearly full-strength squad to choose from but Toby Alderweireld is unlikely to be rushed back into first team football just yet. You need to find different motivation and stimulus. "This is the only option we have to try and achieve that", he added.

Tottenham announced details of the "preliminary assessments" in a short statement on the club's official website on Wednesday afternoon, which said the striker was "expected to return to First Team training next month". The team from South Wales have improved under Carlos Carvalhal and have had a good run in this competition, but their main focus will be avoiding relegation to the Championship.

Kristoffer Nordfeldt is set to replace Lukasz Fabianski in goal as he has done throughout the cup competition. When Argentina arrived in Japan, I think we were first in the Federation Internationale de Football Association classifications but we didn't arrive in the best form and were out in the group stage.

He feels it takes a long-term process to breed a winning mentality rather than one successful domestic cup run, where luck of the draw can play a significant part.

Swansea boss Carvalhal not expecting weakened Spurs without Kane