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​Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: APOEL must win game

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham have 'no excuse' not to win their Champions League match against APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday night.

Spurs will be without seven first-team players including Christian Eriksen, Moussa Dembele and Dele Alli.

A double-header against Real Madrid follows the APOEL clash and Pochettino knows how important it is to get another six points on the board before his side face the defending champions.

"After doing so well against Borussia Dortmund, it is a must win (against APOEL).

"There is no excuse. For our future in the Champions League, it is so important we win tomorrow.

"The fans expect us to win the game but the Champions League is so tough. I have watched APOEL play in their local league and against Real Madrid.

"They have good players and it will be a very dangerous game tomorrow. We need to be focused.

"Christian is a very important player for us but we need to move on and find a way to perform and win without him. I am not a manager who will cry (about an absent player). It's about the collective effort.

"Maybe (Harry Winks) he can start. We still need to assess the squad in one last training session but he is one of the players who has the possibility to start."

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