Pochettino staying focused despite Spurs’ rise to fourth

Date published: Sunday 20th December 2015 11:21

Mauricio Pochettino: Lays down gauntlet to Spurs players

Mauricio Pochettino has challenged his Tottenham players to stay on the winning trail after their win at Southampton lifted them in a coveted top-four spot in the Premier League.

Tottenham’s 2-0 victory, combined with Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat by Norwich, took Spurs into the Premier League’s top four for the first time this season and further strengthened their pursuit of qualification for the Champions League.

“It’s very important to stay there,” said manager Mauricio Pochettino, who also confirmed his decision to substitute goalscorers Kane and Alli was purely precautionary and not because of any injury concerns.

“But it’s not important for us today the table. The table for me is how we finish (at the end of the season).

“For that, we need to keep working hard, be focused. We are younger and don’t need any distractions. We need now to believe more.

“The reaction (from losing to Newcastle) was fantastic. To win this game was fantastic for us. We felt very disappointed about the result. I want to congratulate the players on what was a fantastic game.”

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