Tottenham fans will treat Tuesday's 2-1 EFL Cup defeat to Liverpool as an outlier.
Of the starting XI, only Eric Dier had appeared in the previous weekend's Premier League game, the 0-0 draw at Bournemouth. Those fans who had made the 400 mile round trip to Anfield might not have liked it but Mauricio Pochettino's intentions were clear. If he could have squeezed out a result with a second XI then that's all well and good, but if his team were knocked out then it was no great loss. Spurs have more...
Erik Lamela has told the London Evening Standard he wants to become the latest Tottenham player to sign a new contract.
Eight Spurs players including Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Eric Dier have signed long-term deals this season, while Lamela has been in talks with the club.
The 24-year-old, who joined Spurs from Roma in a £30 million deal in 2013, is one of the club's top earners on around £70,000 a week.
"I would like to [sign a new deal] because I am very happy here," he said.