Bournemouth gaffer Eddie Howe has been impressed by the progress of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad, but believes his players can use the battling goalless draw at the Vitality Stadium in October as inspiration for the challenge ahead.
“I knew how good a performance that was, it was not just the result itself,” the Bournemouth boss said.
“We were very good, very aggressive, we looked solid. Keeping a clean sheet is a real achievement against Tottenham, with how they have played this season, and late in the game we could potentially have got more.
“We are going to need to match that if not surpass it (at White Hart Lane), so we are going to look for a similar type of performance.
“We have a game plan, as for every match, where we review the team we are playing and come up with a plan which we think can make us competitive, and then it is up to the players to execute it.”
“They are certainly going in the right direction, I was very impressed with them last season, and if anything I am more impressed with them this season which is a real achievement,” Howe added.
“They have a young squad, an outstanding manager and are progressing and improving together which gives them a great chance of long-term success, so the future looks bright for them.”