Pochettino calls on players to “die” to ensure UCL qualification

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Dom Le Roy

According to ESPN Mauricio Pochettino has told his Tottenham players they need to be prepared “to die” to ensure the club qualifies for next season’s Champions League.

We must win our two remaining league games at home to Newcastle and Leicester City to guarantee a top-four finish and a third consecutive season in the Champions League at the expense of Chelsea or Liverpool.

Chelsea face Huddersfield as well as Newcastle this week, and have cut the gap from 10 points to two, while Liverpool are a point ahead of us but have just one remaining game against Brighton.

We have stumbled it a bit lately having won just twice in six matches over all competitions since beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last month. However Pochettino said nothing else matters now except the squad’s willingness to win the final two games or die trying.

He said: “To play in the Champions League is the dream of everyone and for me, it’s impossible not [to] give your best when it depends on you to win,” the Spurs manager said.It’s massive because the Champions League is the best competition, with the Premier League, in the world.

He added: “It’s in our hands. We need to die to try to achieve that. It’s not about playing like this or like that, with two centre-backs or two strikers or two ‘keepers. It’s about the players dying trying to achieve it.If we cannot, we cannot. That’s different and we need to analyse why. Now it’s about being all together and fighting, along with our fans and create a good atmosphere tomorrow and Sunday and try to achieve altogether to play Champions League football in the new stadium. That will be fantastic.”

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