Howe wary of Spurs after their Champions League exit

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe took no enjoyment out of watching Tottenham’s Champions League exit to Juventus as he hunts for a way to get something from their Premier League match on Sunday.

Spurs saw hopes of reaching the quarter-finals end when the Italian side ran out 2-1 winners at Wembley to progress 4-3 on aggregate.

Howe, though, maintains it is always about looking for things which could help his own team in the challenges ahead rather than being able to switch off for 90 minutes.

“When you watch a game in the way that I do, you just don’t think too much, you just watch and you analyse,” the Bournemouth manager said.

“The days of me watching a game for enjoyment have gone I’m afraid, which is a real shame because as a kid I used to love watching football for just enjoyment.

“Now it is all about positions of players, looking for patterns and things you can exploit and areas where they will give you problems.

“There is a lot of writing down, a lot of analysis and rewinding certain situations, so it is not a lot of enjoyment, it is purely work and trying to figure out a way to be in this game.”

Howe added: “Spurs have been playing really well recently.

“Of course, the (Champions League) exit will hurt them, just because I think they will be believe they should have gone through, they were the better team for the majority of that game

“But I am sure they will be focused on this weekend’s match, which is important for them and very important for us.”

Bournemouth have concern over wingers Jordon Ibe, Marc Pugh and Ryan Fraser ahead of Sunday’s game.

Howe, though, confirmed he was considering unleashing fit-again Jermain Defoe against one of the England striker’s former sides.

“Jermain was out quite a long time with his ankle injury, but he has come back, looked good and made a difference in the Newcastle game, so certainly he is in my mind,” the Bournemouth manager said at a press conference, broadcast on the club’s official website.

“I am sure Jermain will be keen to play and show what he can do. His motivation is very high and it has been all season.

“He has always had that desire to score goals, whether in training or a match, that will never leave him.

“We are delighted to have Jermain here.”

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