Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham will deserve trophies, not buy them

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The topic of simulation from English players came up again this week, after Arsenal's Danny Welbeck was awarded a controversial penalty, as the Gunners beat AC Milan 3-1 in their Europa League round of 16 tie.

Alli, 21, has been named the PFA Young Player of the Year in the past two seasons and is enjoying another good campaign for Spurs.

Now out of the Champions League and with the league seemingly wrapped up by Manchester City, the FA Cup is their last chance of a trophy this season.

Brother Andre Ayew is cup-tied for the match having played in the competition earlier in the season with West Ham, while on-loan midfielder Andy King is also ineligible as well.

Tottenham Hotspur can cope with the loss of Harry Kane to injury and the absence of their prolific striker will not be used as an excuse if the team suffers a dip in form, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Thursday.

When Kane was injured twice with the same problem last season, he missed seven weeks from September, then just over three weeks from March.

Michel Vorm is set to start between the sticks in place of first-choice goalie and club captain Hugo Lloris.

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Meanwhile there was delight as Jan Vertonghen captains the side. Named the man of the match on his senior England debut against Lithuania in October, he promptly went on to star in both of Spurs' Champions League duels with Real Madrid and a 4-1 victory over Liverpool.

"He's going to be a player that is going to help in the last period of the season in the FA Cup and the Premier League".

Spurs winning 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium in January despite the horrendous storm the nation endured but the Swans frustrated Spurs to a 0-0 draw at Wembley in Septemeber.

He does not simply want to be fortunate - one of his major issues with the FA Cup and League Cup.

Spurs were semi-finalists a year ago, dumped out of the FA Cup by rivals Chelsea. Swansea will be motivated to go to the semi-final like us.

But the great Dane says it's all irrelevant in the long run, so long as he is helping Tottenham be the best team they can possibly be. Lucas has started two FA Cup games for Spurs since his arrival and had scored in the victory over Rochdale in the previous round. And this will end up playing into the hands of Tottenham, who themselves will be without a few key players.

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