Mauricio Pochettino claims a top-four finish in the Premier League is imperative for the club in order to compete with their big-spending rivals following a 2-1 victory over Stoke City.
We edged closer to securing a place in next season’s Champions League with a hard-fought win in the Potteries courtesy of two goals from Christian Eriksen.
We are now only behind third-placed Liverpool on goal difference, with a game in hand on the Merseyside club, and crucially have an 11-point lead on Chelsea in fifth.
It’s been well documented that we do not have the same financial spending power of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United although we will have greater earning potential when we move into a new stadium next season.
Pochettino has acknowledged that being able to host games against Europes big guns will be key to ensuring we keep pace with other clubs.
“I think for us it will be a massive achievement to finish for third time in the top four and get the Champions League is a fantastic thing,”:Pochettino said.
“I think it will help not only on the football side but on the business side. The new stadium will help the team.The club is developing the projects, not only the stadium but the training ground facilities. I think it’s a combination and today is a great balance between both sides. I think the club is an exciting project, not only football but facilities and the mark of Tottenham.”
Pochettino has instructed his players to not rest on their laurels and simply accept the job is done and they must now push on and finish runners-up to Manchester City.
“First of all our target is top four,”: Pochettino said. “It would be fantastic to be third time in a row and consecutive years.To have the possibility to play Champions League in the new stadium I think would be a great achievement. Then we will see.
He added: “If we are able to take that opportunity after finishing in the top four then of course to finish second or third is better than fourth.”
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