Paul Merson states his prediction for Cardiff v Tottenham

Paul Merson states his prediction for Cardiff v Tottenham

Sissoko made his 14th start of the Premier League against the Bluebirds, and provided the drive on the right flank as the Neil Warnock's side were blown away in the first half and slipped to a 3-0 defeat. He soon reached the 100-goal milestone and his goal against Cardiff took him to 122 goals in 171 Premier League appearances.

The 26-year-old's contract expires at the end of next season and talks are said to be dragging on, with speculation suggesting a deal is still some way off, but Pochettino is not anxious.

"He will go with his national team but we have players and football is about the squad and surely we will find the solution".

Though the sight of constant jousting between Tottenham Hotspur's media officer and a reporter at Mauricio Pochettino's recent press conference descended into something resembling comedic tones, there was a serious undercurrent. "The phrase is, "No news is good news". No news is good news".

Christian Eriksen doubled Tottenham's lead shortly after with a sublime finish before Heung-Min Son continued his fine goalscoring form to complete the comprehensive victory in south Wales.

"There shouldn't be any chance of an advantage for our opponents".

Cardiff are 16th in the Premier League and three points clear of the relegation zone, while Tottenham moved up to second ahead of Thursday's meeting between Liverpool and Manchester City.

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"So, of course, I congratulate the players because the effort was fantastic".

"I was pleased we hung in there because it's easy to throw the towel in when you're 3-0 down to a team like this".

"I think it was so important to start the new year with a victory, away from home in a very hard place, against a team like Cardiff who came from beating Leicester".

That contest looks likely to have a major impact on where the title ends up in May, though Pochettino insists he is not bothered about the result.

He added: "I think we are going to watch it".

"But I will be in a neutral position trying to enjoy the game". "I don't care about the result, I just want to enjoy the spectacle and the game".