Pochettino proud of players after securing Champions League place

Mae Harvey
May 10, 2018

Trippier has been one of Pochettino's most important players this season, and his fine form has limited Serge Aurier to just 16 Premier League starts.

With the win, City reached 97 points on the season, breaking Chelsea's record from 2004-05 for the most in a Premier League season.

Spurs secured Champions League football with Wednesday night's 1-0 win over Newcastle at Wembley and will finish in the top three for a third straight year with victory against Leicester on Sunday.

"To achieve the top four is a massive achievement", he said. It is a massive effort, 38 games away from home is a huge effort. That achievement is for all the team, the players who score goals, or defend or save goals, but the staff were fantastic and I want to say thank you to them because this achievement is part of them as well.

Pochettino picked out Moussa Sissoko as one of Tottenham's key players in a match where the France global was called upon to show his defensive qualities as often as his creative ones.

Newcastle had the better opportunities in the first half; Jonjo Shelvey curled a 19-yard free-kick off the post and Jamaal Lascelles' header forced Hugo Lloris into a good diving-save.

"I was shocked that we had the lead!" "You need to compare every season in context, not out of context. This was the challenge four decades back", he told the press following the game against Newcastle.

"The first step is always to be competitive, reduce the gap with the top four", the Argentine said. Now after 23 years in the Premier League this is the first time Tottenham are above all the London clubs.

Spurs had only taken four points from their previous four league games and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United last month.

Harry Kane's second-half goal let an out-of-sorts Spurs team off the hook after they were second best at times versus Rafael Benitez's determined Newcastle side on a tense evening in north London. We are not in a club that [has won] a lot in last years. "To create a winning mindset you have to build it step by step, then be competitive with the large sides".

Kenedy then drilled a low shot just wide to the left of the goal before substitute Jacob Murphy burst down the left flank and found himself one-on-one with Lloris, only to fire over the crossbar from close range as the equaliser that would have delighted the travelling fans and kept Tottenham's Champions League hopes in the balance never arrived. It was hard to play here every week and move from White Hart Lane to Wembley.

'We need to make that stadium our home.

Pochettino enjoys the players and staff will require a while to settle in their new surroundings.

Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent.

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