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Mousa Dembele: 'I'm not focused on genius tag'

Dembele: 'I'm not focused on genius tag'
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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele insists that he is not focused on the "genius" tag he received from manager Mauricio Pochettino last month.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele has insisted that he is not focused on the "genius" tag he received from manager Mauricio Pochettino last month.

Pochettino compared Dembele to the likes of Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho for his awareness with the ball, but the Belgian midfielder told reporters that he is only focused on improving his own game.

"I'm very happy about this compliment," Dembele said. "It's a bit difficult to focus too much on that, because after all you have to perform every week and you need to be focused for the next game and if I will always think about this compliment it's not always good."

Speaking about the future of teammate Toby Alderweireld, who has suffered from injury this term, Dembele said: "I think he's fit but for details I think it's better he speaks with you because it's difficult to talk about other players.

"Obviously he's a very good player, a very important player. Here in the national team we have a lot of good players and at Tottenham as well we have a lot of good players, so it's always difficult to talk about."

Tottenham are fourth in the Premier League table ahead of a crunch match with top-four rivals Chelsea on Easter Sunday.

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Wednesday's key events


ROWING
· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

CYCLING
· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

DIVING
· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

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