Tottenham boss says Alderweireld absence not personal, contract-related

Stoke manager Paul Lambert has lost patience with Berahino's poor time-keeping

Stoke manager Paul Lambert has lost patience with Berahino's poor time-keeping

Tottenham extended their lead over fifth-place Chelsea after defeating Stoke City 2-1 at the Bet365 Stadium.

Harry Kane made his return for Spurs after almost a month out with injury but it was Eriksen who orchestrated the victory with two goals in 11 second-half minutes, taking his goal tally to five in three games in all competitions.

"Obviously, with the new stadium, something big is waiting for us and we can not see this future without the Champions League". It was a tougher game, but I think we deserved the victory.

Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino took questions from the media ahead of their trip to Stoke.

Following Harry Kane's ankle ligament injury picked up back in March, the striker made a 15-minute appearance against Chelsea on Sunday. "We fought a lot to get the three points". "I told them it would be tough as they are playing to survive".

"That's why we must be ready to match them with the same motivation and hunger".

Corruption case: 'I am innocent' - South Africa's Zuma tells cheering crowd
Zuma was deputy president at the time of the 1990s arms deal, which has cast a shadow over politics in South Africa for years. The adviser, Schabir Shaikh, was found guilty of trying to solicit the bribes and was jailed in 2005.

Any Spurs players feeling underpaid and undervalued could perhaps be angered by that pay boost for the man at the top.

"It would be fantastic to be in there the third time in a row and consecutive years". For a player considered by many as one of the world's best shot-stoppers, that's an alarming fall from grace.

A first win at Stamford Bridge in 28 years means the north London club, now occupying fourth place, opened up an eight-point gap to Antonio Conte's side in fifth.

Spurs beat their London rivals last weekend, courtesy of a Christian Eriksen thunderbolt and a Dele Alli double, to end their 27-game run without a win at Stamford Bridge.

The Belgium worldwide was declared fit by national team boss Roberto Martinez during the two-week break from Premier League action and he started in a 4-0 win over Saudi Arabia but Pochettino chose to leave him out of the squad to face Chelsea on their return to domestic action last weekend.

Eriksen, who had earlier opened the scoring for Tottenham with his fourth goal in three games, added: "He celebrated like it was his goal so I will have to take his word for it".

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