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Mauricio Pochettino praises Spurs players after Champions League qualification

Pochettino: 'Qualifying for CL is massive'
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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino describes qualifying for the Champions League for the third successive campaign as "a massive achievement".

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has praised his players for handling the pressure which comes with trying to secure qualification for the Champions League.

On Wednesday night, a goal from Harry Kane proved enough for Spurs to register a 1-0 win over Newcastle United, a result which ensured that the club will play in European football's premier competition for a third successive year.

With Spurs having spent the season at temporary home Wembley Stadium, Pochettino has described securing another top-four spot in the Premier League standings as "a massive achievement".

The 46-year-old told BBC Sport: "It is a massive achievement to qualify again. I want to congratulate the players. I also want to congratulate all the staff. It is a massive effort, 38 games away from home is a huge effort. Next season it will be fantastic for Tottenham to be playing in a new stadium and in the Champions League.

"The pressure was for us and maybe it was not a great game. But to finish in the top four and maybe top three, we have to be realistic and be thankful to the players for their achievement.

"We play a team that were playing for nothing and so deep and sometimes it is difficult to have patience to play and build and to try to win."

Spurs still need to beat Leicester City on Sunday in order to guarantee third place.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City97202632323
2Liverpool97201631323
3Chelsea96302071321
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs9702167921
5Arsenal86021910918
6Bournemouth95221612417
7Watford95131312116
8Everton94321512315
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves943298115
10Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231516-114
11Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton93241013-311
13Burnley92251017-78
14West Ham UnitedWest Ham9216814-67
15Crystal Palace9216511-67
16Southampton9135614-86
17Cardiff CityCardiff9126819-115
18Fulham91261125-145
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9036418-143
20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9027614-82

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