Mauricio Pochettino pleased with Tottenham Hotspur players after picking up 'important three points' at Stoke City
PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 April 2018
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The Spurs boss reflected on the club's latest away win and insisted he is only thinking about at a top-four finish, not catching Liverpool
Mauricio Pochettino’s only focus after Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 win at Stoke was the battle for Champions League qualification this season.
There was a lot of chatter following full time about whether Christian Eriksen or Harry Kane had netted the winner in Staffordshire.
In the end, the Premier League Match Centre awarded the goal to the Dane, but Spurs’ forward is keen to appeal the decision.
Pochettino wasn’t interested in the debate though, all he cared about was the fact it helped Tottenham move 10 points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea with six games to go.
He said: “I didn’t have time to see on TV. Harry said it touched his shoulder, but I don’t know. The most important thing is the three points for us.
“Whether it was Christian or Harry we are happy because the three points were massive for us and it puts us in a really good position in the table to achieve what we want - to finish in the top four.”
The impressive form of the north Londoners, who have not lost since December 16, has seen them close the gap on third in the table Liverpool.
Both clubs are level on 67 points, but the Reds have a goal difference of +40 compared to Tottenham’s +37.
Despite this, Pochettino’s main priority now is to finish in the top-four and once that has been accomplished maybe then can Spurs look to truly chase down Jurgen Klopp’s men.
He added: “First of all our target is top four. It would be fantastic to be there for a third time in a row.
“I think to have the possibility to play Champions League in the new stadium would be a great achievement.”
With two more games over the next week, Tottenham could actually achieve a top-four finish by full time at Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday (April 17) night.
If Spurs can defeat Manchester City (7.45pm kick-off) on Saturday and Chelsea lose at Southampton earlier in the day, Pochettino’s team could guarantee Champions League qualification with a victory away to the Seagulls.
Additional reporting by Press Association Sport.