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Premier League: Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino backs Roberto Soldado

Roberto Soldado of Tottenham Hotspur
Image: Roberto Soldado: Struggling for goals at Spurs

Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado has got the backing from manager Mauricio Pochettino despite his ongoing problems in front of goal.

Having arrived last year to much fanfare, the 29-year-old has struggled to find the form which convinced Spurs to fork out £26million for his services. He has managed just six goals in 34 Premier League games and has not found the net since September's 3-1 Capital One Cup win against Nottingham Forest.

His wait for a goal stretched to an eighth match in all competitions on Thursday, although the Spain international came close on a number of occasions and hit the post during the 1-0 defeat of Partizan Belgrade.

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"We need to give him the chances to play again and keep him calm," the Spurs head coach said.

"A striker always wants to score but against Partizan he created chances pretty well and was unlucky in front of goal. Maybe next time he will score.

"We work very hard at training and create the exercises for him to improve his finishing in front of goal, but he created many chances and was unlucky not to score (against Partizan).

"In football it's always mental and emotions, performances, physical condition, all these things affect your performance, but his performance was very good. For me, he was unlucky with his finishing."

As impressed as Pochettino may have been, Soldado may well find himself dropped to the bench when they return to Premier League action on Sunday.

Emmanuel Adebayor is closing in on a first-team return and in-form Harry Kane started from the bench against Partizan in what looked to be a move to keep him fresh for Everton's visit.

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It is a match Pochettino's side need to win after showing such poor home form this term and it comes against good friend Roberto Martinez, who the Argentine has known since moving to Spain 22 years ago.

"For me, he is a very good manager, a great manager, and we have a very good relationship," the former defender said.

"I admire him because when he arrived here to play for Wigan he made his career here and then went on to be a manager here and that is never easy. He has had an unbelievable career and I admire him.

"His football style is very good and I think that we have similarities in our style. He was one of the first Spanish managers in the Premier League and he made his mark here in England.

"He's good, Roberto, he gives a good image in England for Spanish people."

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