Mauricio Pochettino believes that Tottenham fans should be encouraged despite the disappointing 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.
The loss was Tottenham’s first in the Premier League during 2018 and ended a run of 14 consecutive games without suffering defeat, ironically the last was also to City.
The Spurs boss feels that he saw enough positives in the performance at Wembley for fans to be optimistic about the future with the aim of Champions League football in the new stadium for next season.
“After 14 games unbeaten, it was a massive, massive run for us,” he said. “We played Liverpool, United, Arsenal, Chelsea and 14 games unbeaten I think the players deserve full credit.
“We are disappointed but not frustrated or sad because when we increased our level and showed our real quality we showed we can compete against Manchester City – the best team in England.
“That is why I am not concerned about the future, yes it was 20 minutes where we were really poor but I am not worried because I think the team competed really well.”
Tottenham currently sit in fourth place in the league with a victory tomorrow night at Brighton could extend our lead over fifth placed Chelsea.
Pochettino said: “Top four is our challenge and target. It is to finish top four and provide the club next season with the Champions League in the new stadium, that is our target.
“It is better to finish third or fourth but the challenge is to be in the top four.”
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