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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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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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