DEFENDER Steve Cook believes Cherries owe Tottenham’s star names a battle when the teams lock horns at Vitality Stadium on Sunday (4pm).

The Dorset club has failed to beat Mauricio Pochettino’s men in five Premier League attempts, only recording one point against them.

Cook has been ever-present in Cherries’ top-flight fixtures against the north London outfit, in which they have conceded 13 times and scored once.

Their solitary point against Spurs came at home in a goalless draw last season.

Centre-half Cook told the Daily Echo: “Previous times against them haven’t been great and they have been a side which have really hurt us.

“Earlier this season we lost 1-0 there but we didn’t get out of our half too much. We feel that we owe them.

“We know how tough it will be. We played extremely well against them at home last season and probably should have won that game. We will be looking to replicate that performance.

“I am sure we will look back at what we did and, hopefully, we can pick up a positive result – games are running out and we need wins on the board.

“There are not many sides we haven’t beaten and they are one so, hopefully, we can do it on Sunday.

“We approach every game like we can win and we believe it as well. We don’t just turn up and think maybe we will get a good result.

“Every game we go into positively and that is the mentality of the group and this club. We want to establish ourselves in this league.”

Tottenham's Champions League dream was ended by a second-half sucker-punch from Italian champions Juventus at Wembley on Wednesday.

They were dumped out 4-3 on aggregate in the last-16 by the European heavyweights, but Cook insists Sunday’s visitors are part of the elite themselves.

England frontman Harry Kane is joint top of the Premier League scoring charts with 24 goals alongside Liverpool’s Mo Salah.

Creative midfielders Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen have recorded 15 assists between them this campaign.

Son Heung-min has also posed a huge threat for Spurs in recent games – of his 16 goals this season, five have come in his past three outings.

“It’s very tough to focus on one player,” added Cook.

“If you try to overly mark one, they have someone else – Son scored two last Saturday. They have a lot of good players in a lot of areas.

“Defensively, they are very strong, as is Mousa Dembele in central midfield. Their wingers are very good as well.

“You could go through their whole 25-man squad and say they are all terrific footballers.”

Former Brighton man Cook has started Cherries’ past 14 fixtures in all competitions. He has made 31 appearances this season, scoring in games against Newcastle, Brighton and Wigan.