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

Tim Sherwood manager of Aston Villa looks dejected in defeat after the FA Cup Final between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium

The Belgium worldwide has been a key player for Pochettino's Tottenham in the last two seasons, but the manager increasingly has to pick and choose when he starts, and Dembele has not featured in five of the club's past 10 league games, spanning this season and last.

"It's fantastic. I'm delighted to get a couple of goals and help the team get the three points".

The menu boasts steaks from Finland, Spain and Nebraska and Pochettino chose the Spanish cut, which came in at £13 (S$23.75) per 100g, as well as wine from his native Argentina. The most expensive dish, a "Whole Norwegian King Crab" would have set him back £120 per kilogram.

With a London Derby against West Ham looming for Spurs tonight, Pochettino believes his title-chasing team will benefit from bonding over the dinner table.

"It is important because would you prefer to say, 'Tactical meeting here in the morning, ' or would you prefer to go out the night before and put all the staff, the players and the chairman too in a restaurant".

"It's such a busy schedule that we have, we play every 2-3 days and then all are away for worldwide break".

More than two years into the Bilic reign, this can only come down to one man and his methods.

"To know better in between them, to speak in a different way".

Refereeing decisions that went against their club were met with derision, while positive moves from the likes of Chicarito got them on their feet cheering.

"When you must fight in a competition, there's more willingness to help your teammates and care more for your teammates and care more for the gaffer that pays the bill".

Spurs remain without a trophy since 2008, however, and Dier insists that his side can not be truly pleased with their efforts in recent years unless they end that decade-long wait for a major honour later this season.

Harry Kane's understudy will be relegated back to the bench at the London Stadium.

"It is about having different alternatives", the Argentinian said.

"I think Serge was good, but I think the performance of the whole team was good", Pochettino added. He's so humble and provides very, very good energy. Only time, we need time.

"It's only a few weeks that the [new players] are involved in the dynamic of the team, of the club", he said.

Messi and Ronaldo have won the last nine votes between them - the Real Madrid talisman claiming four wins to the Barca striker's five.

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