Tottenham Hotspur: Eric Dier a doubt for Bournemouth trip

Nathan Ake Bournemouth

Nathan Ake Bournemouth

Pochettino may rotate somewhat following Spurs' exertions in midweek, with Serge Aurier and Danny Rose likely to return at full-back.

The Belgium, speaking to Sky Sports after Spurs' 4-1 win at AFC Bournemouth on Sunday, reflected on the club's top goalscorer picking up a problem, which forced him off in the 34th minute.

"Okay, he missed the chance but it was a really incisive counter-attack by us and it was good play".

Vertonghen added: "It was a tough one to take on Wednesday and we spoke a lot about it, but we had a hard game with Bournemouth coming up, so we knew we had to be strong physically and mentally".

"We were well in it until that last period where the scoreline looks like a flattering one for them I feel".

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However, as has been shown on many occasions this term, Mauricio Pochettino's side have the ability to claw themselves back, albeit this weekend being the first time this year where they have claimed maximum points after conceding the opening goal of the game. We've got a huge game coming up next week. "It was a hard start, they played very positive and offensive, but at one down we had to level it up".

The victory was a small comfort following the north Londoners' Champions League exit on Wednesday, but for Bournemouth, the possibility of relegation still seems very real, and Eddie Howe's outfit's showdown with West Bromwich Albion next week is now crucial.

He continued: "We needed to get our mentality right". Only 10 players have ever scored more away goals in a single Premier League campaign, with Kevin Phillips holding the outright record (16 in 1999-00).

"They are obviously a great team but not in the style that we want to play".

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