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Howe: We know what to expect from Tottenham

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The Cherries were well beaten in both league fixtures against Mauricio Pochettino’s side during the 2015/16 season.


But it is those experiences that the manager believes have improved his side ahead of the weekend’s game at Vitality Stadium.


Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Howe said: “Tottenham haven’t been beaten or conceded a goal from open play in the league this season, so they’re certainly in good form. For me, last season they, along with Manchester City, were the strongest side we faced.


“We had two very tough games against Spurs last season, but we’ve definitely learnt from those experiences.


“I think we’re better prepared for these kind of games. We’re more hardened to Premier League football and our belief and confidence levels are better than what they previously were, but we have to prove it on the pitch.


“It’s going to be a real test for us. They have an outstanding manager who in my opinion is up there with the very best. The intensity at which his sides play makes them difficult opponents. They are general title contenders.”


The Cherries have registered three straight Premier League wins at Vitality Stadium - just two shy of last season’s total.


Howe continued: “We’re certainly on the right track at home. Last season it was difficult and I think we expected that given that it was our first season in the Premier League.


“It’s our bread and butter really - you always aim to win and pick up point in your home games. We also try to do that in an entertaining way for our supporters. So we’re certainly moving in the right direction, but we have some really tough games to come.


“It’s still early in the season and a lot can happen in the coming weeks. Yes, we’re confident and happy with the way the team is developing, but we’re not getting carried away.”

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