Hugo Lloris has been replaced in France's squad by Mike Maignan for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers after the Tottenham goalkeeper suffered an arm injury on Saturday. 

France captain Lloris was injured in the third minute of Spurs' 3-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion. 

He dropped a Pascal Gross cross – allowing Neal Maupay to bundle in – and landed awkwardly on his left arm. 

After prolonged medical attention, Lloris was carried off the pitch on a stretcher and taken to hospital for scans. 

Media reports have claimed the 32-year-old is set to be out for two months with a dislocated elbow, though neither Spurs nor manager Mauricio Pochettino have officially commented on his diagnosis. 

Hugo Lloris, blessé ce samedi avec Tottenham, ne pourra pas participer aux deux prochains matches des Bleus. Il est remplacé par le Lillois Mike Maignan @mmseize pic.twitter.com/2JQ4Gm8cOC

— Equipe de France  (@equipedefrance) October 5, 2019

Either way, Lloris will be unable to feature for France against Iceland on Friday and Turkey the following Monday. 

Lille's Maignan will take his place with the 24-year-old aiming to win his first cap having been an unused substitute for France's past five fixtures. 

He joins goalkeepers Alphonse Areola and Steve Mandanda in the squad. 

Liverpool are one of only six clubs to have won all of their opening eight matches of a top-flight season in England.

Saturday's 2-1 victory over Leicester City, courtesy of a James Milner penalty deep into injury time, means Jurgen Klopp's side have matched a feat the club first achieved back in 1991.

It also stretches Liverpool's run to 17 consecutive league victories, putting them just one short of matching the record set by Pep Guardiola's Manchester City between August and December two years ago.

City have never opened a season with eight wins in a row, though. Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, Sheffield United and Everton are the only teams apart from Liverpool to have managed that.

Surprisingly, such a start has mostly led to an unsuccessful bid to win the top-flight title.

Of the seven occasions that a team has won eight from eight at the start of the season, only twice has that side gone on to become champions of England in that same campaign.

Chelsea managed it under Jose Mourinho in 2005-06, but you have to go back to 1961 for the only other instance, when Tottenham won their second and most recent league title.

In 1991, Liverpool finished second to Arsenal after their perfect start, while Manchester United could only manage fourth after winning their first 10 in a row in 1985-86.

Sheffield United ended up down in seventh after storming to eight straight wins to kick off the campaign back in 1904, and Everton were league runners-up to Sunderland in 1894-95.

Can Liverpool buck this trend in 2019-20? Their first game after the international break might give some indication, when they will look to match City's 18-match winning run – by beating Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Mauricio Pochettino reiterated his commitment to Tottenham and denied being concerned about his job status following another humbling defeat.

Last season's Champions League finalists ended a miserable week in deflating fashion at the Amex Stadium, losing 3-0 to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League.

Captain Hugo Lloris had to be taken off on a stretcher after suffering a serious arm injury when the goalkeeper fumbled a cross, stumbled backwards and gifted the Seagulls a third-minute lead.

Spurs never recovered from Neal Maupay's goal and the fresh wounds from their humiliating 7-2 loss to Bayern Munich were further deepened by teenager Aaron Connolly's double.

Pochettino last month admitted to grappling with an "unsettled squad" but, when quizzed on his own level of dedication, insisted nothing had changed.

The former Southampton boss was linked to Manchester United and Real Madrid at various stages last season and previously stated he would have considered quitting had Spurs won the Champions League in June.

"My commitment is there after five and a half years," Pochettino said after the Brighton loss.

"The pundits on the TV need to talk and give their opinions. From my position, I need to accept the criticism. It's not going to change my view the pundit.

"I know very well the business. The faith, the belief is there. I am so strong with that.

"Until the end I am always going to try to give my best. After that it is not my decision."

Saturday's defeat was Tottenham's fifth of the season and they have won only one of their past six games in all competitions, a run that includes being knocked out of the EFL Cup by League Two side Colchester United.

While claiming decisions over his future are beyond his control, Pochettino said the prospect of losing his job was not worth fretting about.

"I am not worried," he said. "What worries me is life, not football. Football is a game, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

"Maybe the last two games is a tough situation to accept but I'm not going to be a philosopher.

"What scares me is life, not football. Football is to be strong, to be brave, to take decisions and, of course, face up to things when they are not good.

"That's what we are going to do – face the negative things and try to work hard to change this dynamic."

Tottenham's 3-0 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday condemned Spurs to a second successive loss with 10 goals conceded this week, piling the pressure on manager Mauricio Pochettino. 

Spurs were demolished 7-2 in their own stadium by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday, prompting further questions of Pochettino, who continues to be linked with a departure. 

Pochettino urged his team to produce a response at Brighton, telling his players to "man up" and put things right. 

But a Brighton side inspired by 19-year-old Aaron Connolly piled on the misery at the end of a crushing week for Spurs, with Pochettino appearing increasingly defeated and deflated. 

With the manager seemingly running out of ideas, we chart the highs and lows of his time at Spurs. 

LOW – The only way is up 

Tottenham's standing compared to the other big clubs at the start of Pochettino's tenure was laid bare in the first month of the new boss' debut campaign. Liverpool were the visitors, with Spurs hoping for the chance to make something of a statement, but Brendan Rodgers' men blew them away with ease by winning 3-0. It was Spurs' first loss under Pochettino and they went on to miss out on Champions League qualification by six points that term. 


LOW – Stamford Bridge implosion hands Leicester the title 

There was no denying Spurs' vast improvement between Pochettino's first few months and 2016 as they looked to challenge for a maiden Premier League title. However, their form at the end of the season saw them come up short, squandering a 2-0 lead at Chelsea in an ill-tempered encounter to come away with a 2-2 draw, therefore securing a famous success for Leicester City. Pochettino's men finished third, 10 points off the top. 


HIGH – Bidding farewell to White Hart Lane in style 

Having seemingly established themselves as top-four regulars, Spurs looked to further consolidate their new-found status by moving to an extravagant new stadium. In their final outing at the more modest White Hart Lane in May 2017, Spurs downed Manchester United 2-1. A glamourous new era seemed to be on the horizon, with Pochettino steering the Spurs ship expertly. 


HIGH – Spurs hit 13 goals in two games 

Spurs then finished that season in remarkable fashion, crushing Leicester City 6-1 and then going one better against relegated Hull City, winning 7-1 despite both games being away from home. Harry Kane was the star on both occasions, netting four at the King Power Stadium and a treble the following week. Those victories wrapped up a second-place finish in the Premier League. 


HIGH – Manchester United crushed at Old Trafford 

In August 2018, Pochettino was among the favourites to replace an under-fire Jose Mourinho at United and he helped inflict more misery on the Red Devils and make his pitch for the job with an emphatic 3-0 win at Old Trafford. Kane and a Lucas Moura double did the damage, making it the hosts' worst start to a league season since 1992-93. 


HIGH – VAR-ty time as Llorente steers Spurs past City 

Spurs' Champions League hopes appeared to be vanishing against Manchester City in April this year when, after winning 1-0 at home, they found themselves trailing 4-2 in the 59th minute despite earlier leading 2-1 on the night. Fernando Llorente then got what proved the vital goal – the ball striking him and going in, the goal standing even after a VAR check for an apparent handball. Raheem Sterling had no such luck, however, as his stoppage-time goal was disallowed by VAR for offside against Sergio Aguero. Pochettino's men survived a bonkers encounter to reach the last four. 


HIGH – Incredible turnaround secures first Champions League final 

Somehow Spurs managed another lucky escape in the semi-finals as well. A 1-0 defeat at home to Ajax in the first leg had them looking doomed, even more so when Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech made it 3-0 on aggregate in the first half of the return fixture in Amsterdam. But a remarkable Lucas Moura hat-trick in the second half sealed a vital 3-2 win in stoppage time and left Ajax devastated. Spurs were heading to Madrid. 


LOW – An underwhelming Champions League final 

Their first Champions League final – it was an historic occasion regardless of the result. Yet, there was an air of frustration at how they approached what proved a tepid contest, with fans bemoaning an apparent lack of attacking intent as a half-fit Harry Kane struggled to make an impact. Mohamed Salah's early penalty gave Pochettino's men an uphill struggle and Divock Origi wrapped things up late on. 


LOW – Battered by Bayern, swept aside at Brighton 

The worst week of Pochettino's reign? If the 7-2 demolition by Bayern Munich at home in the Champions League wasn't bad enough on its own, the embarrassment was exacerbated by the fact an Arsenal academy product – Serge Gnabry – scored four and he certainly milked the occasion. It was the first time Spurs had ever conceded seven at home in a major competition. Despite the pressure increasing on Pochettino, no response was forthcoming on Saturday as Brighton cruised past them 3-0 at the Amex Stadium. 

Mauricio Pochettino claimed the loss of Hugo Lloris to a serious arm injury had a major psychological impact on Tottenham in their chastening 3-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Spurs captain Lloris was given oxygen before being carried from the pitch on a stretcher during the opening stages of Saturday's clash at the Amex Stadium.

The goalkeeper suffered the injury when he spilled a routine cross, stumbled backwards and planted his left arm, which appeared to buckle as he steadied his fall.

Neal Maupay nodded home the loose ball at point-blank range and Brighton went on to add a further two through teenager Aaron Connolly.

The sight of Lloris in agony and a fifth defeat of the season in all competitions capped a demoralising week for Tottenham, who were hammered 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.

"I think the news is not good," Pochettino said of the France international, who was taken to hospital.

"We have to wait, the club is going to explain the real situation. Everyone saw on the pitch when he landed that it wasn't a good situation."

He added: "Of course it affected the game. We cannot take the credit from Brighton, but the team suffered a massive impact from that action.

"We tried to find a different way to play in the second half and we didn't have much luck.

"At 3-0 you could see the game was over. I want to say sorry to the fans and thank them for their massive effort."

Tottenham, still seemingly scarred by the result in midweek, offered little resistance after falling behind as they limped to a first defeat to Brighton in 36 years.

Irish forward Connolly was particularly impressive, marking his maiden Premier League start with two well-taken goals either side of half-time.

Graham Potter praised the 19-year-old as he celebrated a pressure-relieving first victory since the opening weekend of the season.

"He's been knocking on the door," Potter told BT Sport when asked about Connolly.

"He's had some substitute appearances and been unlucky not to score. He gives us an extra dimension. I'm delighted for him.

"He's a young lad with a big future and we're delighted we've got him with us."

Tottenham have endured a miserable week but it is not time for Mauricio Pochettino to leave, according to former Spurs midfielder Gus Poyet.

Tottenham were thrashed 7-2 at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday and followed up that defeat with another dismal outing at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, going down 3-0.

Spurs ended last season in the Champions League final but were sixth in the Premier League at full-time against Brighton, having played a game more than the rest of the top half.

Pressure is building on manager Pochettino, who has not won a trophy with the club, yet Poyet believes it would be best for all involved if he is given the opportunity to turn Tottenham's fortunes around.

"I think he needs to stay. I don't think it's the moment," Poyet, who ended his playing career with the club in 2004, told the BBC World Service.

"I know Mauricio, I played against him in Spain. I know he's a fighter as well as an excellent manager. He's been showing that in the last few years.

"He wouldn't want to go now, not at all. He will want to make sure he gets everybody back in a good place, a happier place, to try to pick the best team to go and perform and, obviously, put the performance and the result behind [them].

"That's what everybody needs at Tottenham right now. These are bad times but, in football, we know things change very quickly. I am sure Mauricio is going to be ready to fight in this bad moment."

Spurs do not play again for a fortnight due to the international break, which Poyet thinks will be helpful as he claimed the players look "very, very worried".

"Normally, when you lose in a bad way, it's good to have a game straight away after two or three days," he said. "There's no time to reflect too much, just prepare the game and play.

"But it's happened too many times now. It's time to say, 'Woah, woah, woah, stop.' They can relax for a while.

"I'm sure some of the players are at least not going to come back from the international break very, very worried, because that's how they look now.

"Their faces on the pitch, when they make a pass and miss, you can see the players are very, very worried about the situation, which is natural.

"Sometimes that needs something external - not training all together again for two weeks, no double sessions getting even worse."

Tottenham crashed out of the EFL Cup last month when they lost on penalties to Colchester United, but Poyet still hopes to see Pochettino deliver silverware.

"I would love him to do it," he added. "I think he deserves to bring trophies - not just for the club but for him, for what he's done for the club.

"I said last season, when I thought everything was set for Spurs to win the Champions League, it looked like it was their year. Some players and especially Pochettino, who has been at Spurs for so long, deserve to win a trophy."

Tottenham's dismal week concluded in humiliating fashion on Saturday as Mauricio Pochettino's side slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Spurs' hopes of bouncing back from their 7-2 Champions League capitulation to Bayern Munich in midweek took a blow early on when Hugo Lloris' mistake gifted Neal Maupay the opener.

To further compound the visitors' misery, Lloris was subsequently taken off with an arm injury sustained as he landed awkwardly.

Aaron Connolly scored either side of half-time on his first Premier League start to secure a famous win for Brighton and one that leaves Tottenham with plenty to ponder heading into the international break.

Here we take a look at the best Opta facts from a shock result on the south coast.

17 - Tottenham have now lost 17 games in all competitions in 2019, more than any other Premier League side. Spurs have lost as many matches as they have won in this calendar year.

2 - Connolly is the first Irish teenager to score a Premier League double in over 20 years, with former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane having netted twice for Coventry City against Derby County in August 1999.

10 - Spurs have conceded 10 goals in their last two matches. It is the first time they have done so since December 1997, when they lost 6-1 to Chelsea before going down 4-0 to Coventry.

2:30 - Timed at two minutes and 30 seconds, Maupay's opener was Brighton's fastest goal in the Premier League.

100 - Youngster Connolly is the 100th player from the Republic of Ireland to score in the Premier League. The Republic of Ireland is now the fourth nation to have 100 or more different goalscorers in the league, along with England, France and Scotland.

8 - Lloris was taken off after eight minutes. It is the earliest a goalkeeper has been subbed off in a Premier League match since Lloris was replaced after four minutes in a match against Leicester City in March 2015.

Aaron Connolly scored twice and Hugo Lloris suffered a serious arm injury as Tottenham lost 3-0 at Brighton and Hove Albion to cap a dismal week.

Humiliated in a 7-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich in midweek, Spurs needed a response to ward off rumours of disharmony but encountered only more pain at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Lloris bore the worst of it, the captain left in agony and taken from the field on a stretcher following a lengthy delay after landing awkwardly on his left arm in an incident that gifted the hosts a third-minute lead.

The goalkeeper dropped a routine Pascal Gross cross, stumbled backwards and was in too much anguish to keep Neal Maupay from nodding home the loose ball at point-blank range.

Connolly, 19, doubled Brighton's lead before the interval and completed a dream first Premier League start with an exquisite second in the 65th minute that sealed his side's first win over Tottenham since 1983.

Paulo Gazzaniga replaced Lloris - who received oxygen from medical staff - and he was retrieving the ball from the back of the net in the 32nd minute.

The substitute made the initial save after Connolly beat Ben Davies to Dan Burns' delivery from the left but could not prevent the teenager from converting the rebound.

It took Tottenham almost 45 minutes to threaten Brighton's goal, Erik Lamela's attempt following a fine team move forcing Lewis Dunk to hack clear off his own line.

The influential Gross grazed the crossbar with a cheeky free-kick moments before Connolly scored his second, an arrowed right-footed shot into the far corner.

Son Heung-min, Harry Kane and Lucas Moura were all unable to reduce the deficit as Spurs limped to another harrowing defeat.

What does it mean? Problems piling up for Pochettino

An injured captain, an ineffective Christian Eriksen and a fifth defeat in all competitions - this season is getting no easier for Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

He now has two weeks to address a multitude of concerns, not least the psychology of a side that was clearly still reeling from Tuesday's loss to Bayern.

Connolly inspires Seagulls

Brighton had not won in the league since the opening weekend of the campaign, so throwing in a young forward against last season's Champions League finalists was a gamble by Graham Potter.

It paid off handsomely. The Irishman seemed at home as he took on defenders at will and scored two excellent goals.

Dier not the answer 

Serge Aurier's suspension prompted Pochettino to move Moussa Sissoko to right-back, leaving a spot free in midfield.

Eric Dier filled the vacancy but struggled badly to plug the gaps so ruthlessly exposed by Bayern, with his heavy touch and wayward passing of no help.

What's next?

Tottenham will be relieved to have the international break between this game and their next Premier League fixture, which is at home to Watford on October 19.

A suddenly upbeat Brighton visit Aston Villa the same day.

Tottenham's nightmarish week plunged new depths as Hugo Lloris was taken off on a stretcher with a serious arm injury after gifting away a goal in the third minute against Brighton and Hove Albion. 

The Spurs skipper was left in agony and received oxygen from medical staff following an awkward landing on his left arm in Saturday's Premier League match at Amex Stadium. 

His injury occurred after goalkeeper Lloris caught but then dropped a routine cross from Pascal Gross. 

He stumbled backwards and attempted to use his arm to cushion his fall, only for it to buckle under his weight. 

Neal Maupay nodded in the loose ball from point-blank range to give Brighton a 1-0 lead and compound Tottenham's misery, Mauricio Pochettino's men having been humiliated in a 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday. 

Paulo Gazzaniga was substituted on as Lloris' replacement once the France international was taken from the pitch following several minutes of treatment.

Neymar may not have secured his return to Barcelona, but the Paris Saint-Germain star's future continues to make headlines.

The Brazil forward was keen on making a Barca comeback, two years after his world-record transfer to the French capital.

But as Antoine Griezmann struggles to settle in at Camp Nou, the Frenchman could see himself shipped out to make way for Neymar.

 

TOP STORY – NEYMAR & GRIEZMANN IN SWAP DEAL

Barcelona are considering the possibility of sending Griezmann to Paris Saint-Germain for Neymar, claims Le10Sport.

Neymar was unable to secure a return to Barca during the transfer window following his €222million exit in 2017.

But as Griezmann – who only arrived from LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid in the off-season – finds it difficult to settle and develop a relationship with Lionel Messi, the Barca recruit is being talked about as a possible makeweight.

 

ROUND-UP

- Leicester City star James Maddison is Tottenham's number one target to replace soon-to-be free agent Christian Eriksen, according to the Daily Star. Maddison has also been linked to Premier League rivals Manchester United.

Real Madrid could trigger Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak's €120m release clause as Thibaut Courtois struggles at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to ElDesmarque.

- The front page of Corriere dello Sport says Lazio have signed star midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to a new contract until 2024. The deal, worked out in secret for another season, appears to end speculation of a move to the likes of InterUnited, Real Madrid, Juventus or Paris Saint-Germain.

Gennaro Gattuso could make a sensational return to AC Milan, but only in an unlikely scenario. Amid mounting pressure on coach Marco Giampaolo, El Corriere claims Gattuso – who stepped down at the end of 2018-19 – would make his way back to San Siro if directors Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban quit.

- The Express says Chelsea will offer Willian a new contract amid links to LaLiga champions Barcelona. It comes as the Evening Standard reports the Blues will reward Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori with fresh deals.

- Could Carlo Ancelotti leave Napoli at the end of the season? Corriere dello Sport suggests the Italian head coach could depart if results do not improve. Napoli are already six points adrift of Serie A leaders Inter.

- Marca says Manchester United are keeping an eye on Mexico international Jose Juan Macias. The 20-year-old Leon forward scored his first international goal on debut for El Tri on Wednesday.

- Ernesto Valverde's future as Barcelona boss is far from certain and with that in mind, TNT Sport reports that River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo is the club's first choice.

Tottenham star Son Heung-min would be open to a future move to Serie A side Napoli, according to his agent Thies Bliemeister.

Son has established himself as one of the best forwards in the Premier League and Europe since joining Tottenham from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015.

The South Korea international has scored 70 goals for Spurs, while he played a key role in the club's memorable run to last season's Champions League final.

However, a new adventure in Italy could interest the 27-year-old, who has netted three goals in all competitions this term.

"I've never brought a player to Napoli, but I'd like to because [Diego] Maradona, my favourite player, played for them," Bliemeister told Radio Marte's 'Si gonfia la rete'.

"I've talked to Napoli in the past, with executives who are no longer at the club. I'll take advantage of this double-header with Salzburg to talk to them.

"As for Son at Napoli, why not? You can never say never in football. Son likes Italy, the food and Italian people.

"It's not easy to take him from Tottenham because he costs a lot but, one day, who knows?"

Son scored the opening goal in Tottenham's humiliating 7-2 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday as Spurs look to bounce back against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham were right not to replace Kieran Trippier for this season despite preparing to line up with Moussa Sissoko at right-back.

Spurs allowed England international Trippier to leave for Atletico Madrid but opted not to bring in a new signing on the right side of defence.

Pochettino suggests he preferred to trust Serge Aurier, Kyle Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth, who has previously played centre-back and was injured in pre-season.

Aurier has been lining up in that role in recent weeks but was sent off against Southampton last week and endured a torrid time as Tottenham were beaten 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Pochettino explained: "Football is about circumstance and performance and form of the player.

"You have Kyle Walker-Peters, Serge Aurier, different players that you can use like Juan Foyth, who played there in the Copa America but got injured in pre-season.

"You need to see the squad and we have 11 players in the defensive line. I can tell you them.

"Aurier, Walker-Peters, Toby [Alderweireld], Davinson Sanchez, Foyth, Eric Dier, Ben Davies, Ryan Sessegnon, Japhet Tanganga, Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen. My answer is clear?"

Despite these options, it appears central midfielder Sissoko will start in defence at Brighton and Hove Albion, having replaced Aurier following his red card last time out in the Premier League.

"[Sissoko] played there against Southampton," Pochettino said. "When you assess the squad and options, it is clear that you will use the last feeling [you had].

"The last feeling is that Moussa Sissoko played one hour and he was the best playing there.

"If you watch the game against [Sofiane] Boufal and [Nathan] Redmond, he was unbelievable. The effort and how we used him.

"Serge is banned and, for different reasons, the form of other players maybe doesn't convince you and, of course, you use the feeling from last week. That is why I consider to play him there."

Pressure is building on Pochettino following the humbling home defeat to Bayern, yet he insists he has recovered from similar setbacks in his football career.

"I don't remember if I ever conceded seven before, but I lost 6-0, yes," he said. "I remember it was in January 1990, when Marcelo Bielsa was in charge of Newell's Old Boys. It was his second game.

"We were playing in the Copa Libertadores against San Lorenzo and the score was 6-0 – at home. Yes, it was really, really painful. It was similar to Bayern Munich.

"But that season we finished by winning the Premier League in Argentina. In six months, we completely changed the perception and sometimes these situations make you stronger."

Dele Alli remains a key player for Tottenham and will soon rediscover his best form after being overlooked for England selection, according to Mauricio Pochettino.

The 23-year-old has struggled for form and fitness in the early stages of 2019-20 and was left out of Gareth Southgate's 25-man squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

Alli came in for criticism for his performance as Tottenham were thrashed 7-2 by Bayern Munich in midweek and Southgate warned he faces a battle to win back his England place.

However, Tottenham boss Pochettino backed the midfielder to prove his worth once he has got some games under his belt.

"There's nothing wrong with him," Pochettino said at Friday's news conference. "You need to understand that football is about form, about some not so good periods. 

"Dele only needs time to recover his best performance. We're going to help him, provide all the tools and platform for him to recover his best way to play. 

"There's no doubt Dele is going to recover. He's in a tough period but we need him. He's a very important player for us. In time, we're going to recover the best Dele Alli."

Alli has featured in four of Tottenham's 10 matches this season and is in contention to start Saturday's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Spurs will be without the suspended Serge Aurier at the Amex Stadium and Pochettino has suggested he may use Moussa Sissoko at right-back.

"We have a few options there," he said. "I think Moussa was very good playing one hour against Southampton with tough players like [Sofiane] Boufal and [Nathan] Redmond. 

"He did very well and that made me think a little bit that his option is bigger than another player."

Deadline-day signings Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon are also out of contention to play against Brighton, but both players are entering the late stages of rehabilitation and are closing in on a return.

Asked for an update on the pair, Pochettino said: "It is a long period that they have not been playing. We need to be careful. It is a little bit unlucky.

"They are two new signings that can provide new energy for the team."

Mauricio Pochettino has no doubt that his Tottenham players remain fully committed to the club despite their troubled start to the campaign.

Tottenham have won just three of their 10 matches in all competitions this season and were thrashed 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Pochettino admitted last week his side's poor run of form could be down to an unsettled squad, with a number of players rumoured to have pushed for a move away during the close season.

Three days on from the home humiliation at the hands of Bayern, however, the Argentine coach shot down suggestions his players no longer care.

"I have no doubt the players want to always do their best to win," he said at Friday's news conference. 

"They play for themselves, for their families and then for the club and the coaching staff. I don't doubt their commitment."

Pochettino's own future has been called into question on the back of defeats to Leicester City, Colchester United and Bayern in the space of 10 days.

The 47-year-old, linked with the Manchester United and Real Madrid jobs earlier this year, has vowed to stay on for the duration of his deal.

"In five and a half years, every single press conference, we are talking about my future," said Pochettino, who signed a five-year contract extension in May 2018.

"I hope because we are still talking, it means that I am going to spend five years more here, at least.

"I accept the opinions. It is normal that the game has created a lot of opinions and rumours, everyone needs to talk. 

"But in the end, we only lost a game. We are going to find a way to be successful again, no doubt. We need to stay together."

Reflecting on the Bayern debacle - a record margin of defeat for an English team on home soil in Europe - Pochettino acknowledged his side need to quickly get the result out of their system.

Tottenham travel to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday and Pochettino said: "The Bayern game was really strange.

"After the first half nobody expected that result. Sometimes this happens in football and you just need to accept every single shot from Bayern Munich goes in the goal. 

"What can you do? Nothing. We must stay together. The result is tough but the most important thing is to stay calm and believe in our potential. 

"We need to bounce back from this defeat but it is only three points that we lost. We'll keep working. 

"In life this type of thing happens but we need to accept that it can happen. It is a tough moment but altogether we are going to be find a way to bounce back and win games."

Dele Alli has been told by England manager Gareth Southgate he faces a battle to win back his place in the international squad.

Southgate dropped Alli from his group to face Czech Republic and Bulgaria in England's forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers, while also leaving out Alli's Tottenham team-mate Eric Dier and Manchester United's Jesse Lingard.

After playing in five of England's seven matches at the 2018 World Cup, Alli's season was hampered by injuries in 2018-19 and his problems coincided with Tottenham's dip in form in February.

The 23-year-old playmaker has played just 30 minutes of Premier League football this season, having recovered from a thigh injury, and Southgate said he has yet to return to his best form.

"I think the last 12 months in particular has been frustrating for him," Southgate told reporters.

"He's had this sort of string of hamstring injuries where he's always been coming back up to the level, so that's definitely been the situation at the beginning of this season, not quite yet at full match fitness.

"He's got a fight on his hands at his club, it's a strong squad now, so there's competition for places depending on the system that they play, but he’s an asset and we all know that and I know his mentality and drive will be to get back in."

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has played Son Heung-min, Christian Eriksen and Moussa Sissoko in a line of three behind Harry Kane in Tottenham's recent fixtures, or deployed Eriksen and Erik Lamela as wingers behind a front two of Son and Kane.

Meanwhile, Southgate has utilised Jadon Sancho, Declan Rice and Mason Mount in recent England games, shifting the focus from experienced international players like Alli and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to those who he feels need time to bed into his plans ahead of Euro 2020.

"I think when you're selecting a squad, the players need to see some sort of meritocracy when possible," said Southgate.

"With Dele [Ali] and Alex [Oxlade-Chamberlain] in particular, they haven't really had the number of games this year to get themselves into a rhythm. They're both recovering from different injuries, one long term, one a bit shorter term.

"But we want to look at some of the young players. Let's invest time in some of those younger players. Let's have a closer at them, knowing that we've got to keep winning matches now by exposing people to the level and the environment and seeing how they cope with it."

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