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Steak and wine are 'tactics' to Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic backs Tottenham as one of the main title contenders ahead of their first derby of the season.
West Ham host Tottenham, Man United travel to Southampton and much more headline Saturday's Premier League fixtures.
Don Hutchison looks at three key things that could help West Ham beat London rivals Tottenham on Saturday.

LONDON -- Mauricio Pochettino is the Premier League manager working farthest from his birthplace, but the Tottenham boss knows where to find home comforts in London. On Wednesday evening, Pochettino -- who was born in Argentina but considers Barcelona home -- treated 50 members of Tottenham's playing and support staff to Spanish steak and Argentine red wine at a Marylebone restaurant.

The club's chairman, Daniel Levy, joined the party but Pochettino insisted on paying the bill. "When I pay, I pay...

 By John Crace

Tottenham need Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen to step up against West Ham

Don Hutchison looks at three key things that could help West Ham beat London rivals Tottenham on Saturday.
Mauricio Pochettino elaborates on Dele Alli's gesture against Barnsley and looks ahead to Spurs' clash with West Ham.

Take a look at the Premier League table and it's hard to believe that Tottenham are in fifth place. OK, so we're only five games into the season and Spurs are only ahead of five other teams based purely on goal difference, but the defeat by Chelsea, and the two disappointing draws against Burnley and Swansea at their temporary Wembley home, would have suggested something much worse.

That Spurs are still within touching distance of the two Manchester clubs at the top of the table is entirely down...

Tottenham Hotspur have not achieved anything yet - Eric Dier

Don Hutchison looks at three key things that could help West Ham beat London rivals Tottenham on Saturday.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic backs Tottenham as one of the main title contenders ahead of their first derby of the season.

Eric Dier says Tottenham Hotspur have achieved nothing yet, telling Sky Sports the players cannot be happy until they have won a trophy.

Dier joined Spurs from Sporting Lisbon in 2014 and he has been a key part of the side that finished third in 2015-16 and second last season.

But despite being the most consistent team in the Premier League over the previous two campaigns, Spurs are yet to win any silverware and Dier says they cannot be happy until they do.

"I think we should be proud of what we've...

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Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham on collision course at London Stadium

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic backs Tottenham as one of the main title contenders ahead of their first derby of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur have not much enjoyed their recent trips to West Ham, winning just once there in the past five seasons.

Having lost their previous London derby 2-1 to Chelsea at Wembley Stadium and then drawn home matches with Burnley and Swansea City, Maurico Pochettino needs to escape East London with victory to stay within touch of Manchester United and Manchester City.

John Brewin previews the weekend's Premier League action and highlights five storylines in W2W4. Click here for more.

Mauricio Pochettino: Keeping Mousa Dembele fit vital to Spurs' success

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic backs Tottenham as one of the main title contenders ahead of their first derby of the season.
Mauricio Pochettino elaborates on Dele Alli's gesture against Barnsley and looks ahead to Spurs' clash with West Ham.

LONDON -- Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says the club is carefully managing Mousa Dembele and explained that keeping the creaking midfielder fit is crucial to the team's success.

Dembele, who turned 30 in July, has a longstanding issue with the top of his left foot and he has said he will always play with some pain, despite going under the knife in May.

The Belgium international has been a key player for Pochettino's Tottenham in the last two seasons, but the manager increasingly has to...