Pochettino explains why second is still superb for Spurs

Date published: Saturday 14th May 2016 7:52

Tottenham: Looking for victory at Newcastle

Tottenham: Looking for victory at Newcastle

Mauricio Pochettino will send his players out at Newcastle chasing the victory they need to secure second place in the Premier League – and their highest finish in 53 years.

Tottenham are likely to need only a draw at already-relegated Newcastle on Sunday to finish second in the table, which would represent the club’s highest top-flight placing since 1963.

A point should also see them end them season above north London rivals Arsenal, who sit two points behind and host rock-bottom Aston Villa, for the first time since 1995.

It would tie up a remarkable campaign for Spurs, whose primary aim was to finish in the top four, although Pochettino says there are still lingering regrets from not winning the league.

“It’s difficult now to explain the feelings because we feel disappointed after the Chelsea game because in this moment we put ourselves out of the race for the title,” Pochettino said.

“Now to be second in the league is very important for the club. It’s important to go straight away to the group stage of the Champions League because it was a target at the start of the season.

“We need to feel very happy and very proud. When you analyse all the things that happened during the season from the beginning, to finish second is a great achievement for the club.”

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