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15 September 2017|Tottenham Hotspur

Mauricio Pochettino has called for the players to maintain their high standards to get a positive result against Swansea City as attentions turn back to the Premier League this weekend.

A fantastic 3-0 triumph at Everton last Saturday was followed up in midweek with our first home win of the campaign, a 3-1 victory over German giants Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Swansea come to Wembley off the back of a 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle United, but they’re unbeaten on the road in all competitions so far in 2017-18 and boast a new-look front line including Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham and returning Swans hotshot Wilfried Bony.

“We are in a very busy period but we are ready to try to compete and try to give our best,” underlined Mauricio ahead of Saturday’s 5.30pm kick-off. “Now we have to be focused on the Premier League and Swansea. It’s such an important game for us to try to stay close to the top (of the table) and everyone knows that.

“It’s true that Swansea come from not a good result against Newcastle but always they will be dangerous. They have a very good team, very good coaching staff, a great manager and it will be tough for us.

“They are ready to play football, they are a very dynamic team with good players. It will be very tough but we have to be focused to try to give our best on Saturday.”

Tell us more about your post-match feelings after Dortmund… 
“For me it was so important to win and start the Champions League very well and feel comfortable at Wembley, not only the team but our fans too. I think it will be key for the rest of the season. That is why I said after the game that it was more than three points. It’s important to build our confidence and start to feel the reality that Wembley is our home.”

How does that leave us going into the Swansea game? 
“If you want to compete for big things you must show this solidity and consistency during all games and I think it’s important for us to repeat this, to have the same mentality and performance. Of course the game will be tough because all the games are very difficult but I think if we keep the mentality and be strong and show our performance, we will be close to winning again.”

Have the players learned from our last home league outing against Burnley? 
“Always it’s important to review, to check, to analyse and then fix the problem. We learn, it’s always in our minds to improve and, of course, every single experience must make you better and improve. You learn from that experience.”

Pick Up Your Matchday Programme on Saturday

Eric Dier adorns the front cover of our official matchday programme for Saturday's match against Swansea City, featuring:

- Main feature interview with new signing from Swansea, Fernando Llorente
- Discussion Panel: Opinions on our new-look defence
- Swansea-born British and Irish Lions star Liam Williams on following Spurs
- Mauricio Pochettino’s exclusive programme column
- Wembley Memories with legendary former goalkeeper Erik Thorstvedt
- Tottenham Tales: Terry Medwin and Cliff Jones' influence on our Double success
- 100 Club: Examining the goalscoring prowess of Bert Bliss


All this and more is in Saturday’s programme – buy yours from one of several points around Wembley Stadium, still £3.50 for 100 pages. Alternatively, buy individual issues online here or subscribe for the season here.