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Bournemouth v Spurs - opposing manager's view

21 October 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes his side has learned lessons from their two matches against us last season ahead of our return to the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

We ran out 5-1 winners against the Cherries on the south coast almost a year ago to the day, before registering a 3-0 victory in the return match at White Hart Lane in March.

However, with our opponents having earned three straight Premier League wins on home soil leading up to this weekend's game, boss Howe told reporters at his pre-match press conference that his players are confident of avoiding a repeat result against us this time around.

“We had two very tough games against Spurs last season, but we’ve definitely learned from those experiences,” he said.

“I think we’re better prepared for these kinds of games. We’re more hardened to Premier League football and our belief and confidence levels are better than what they previously were, but we have to prove it on the pitch.

“Tottenham haven’t been beaten or conceded a goal from open play in the league this season, so they’re certainly in good form. For me, last season, they along with Manchester City were the strongest side we faced.

“It’s going to be a real test for us. They have an outstanding manager who in my opinion is up there with the very best. The intensity at which his sides play makes them difficult opponents.”

Mauricio Pochettino spoke to the media yesterday (Thursday, October 20) - find out what he had to say here.