Pochettino admits it is difficult to keep the players concentrated on the Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur made club history last night as they scored three away goals to beat Manchester City over two legs in the Champions League quarter final.

This means that Spurs have qualified for their first ever semi-final in the competition, with dates already booked against Ajax.

Spurs are now in the unique position of having to do it all again this weekend, as they face Man City in the Premier League at the Etihad on Saturday.

Man City will be determined to get revenge, and Tottenham may be fatigued from their own celebrations, so a home win may seem the likely outcome.

However, Tottenham must remain concentrated on the Premier League if they are to secure Champions League for next season via a top four spot.

Spurs will need to at least win their three remaining home games to qualify, with Man United, Chelsea, and Arsenal all lurking in close attendance.

Pochettino admitted it was tricky to keep his stars concentrated (Football London): “It is not easy, it is so difficult to tell them to stop to thinking about the result last night and the possibility to play in the semi-final. It is our responsibility altogether to try to make sure we are going to be there on Saturday with the capacity to fight and challenge them again.

“We need to assess some players, we need to assess some players that cannot be possible to play. Some small issues that maybe makes it not possible for some players to play on Saturday again. That is the most important now thinking to try to take the best decision to try to help the team and to provide the team with energy to be possible to fight and challenge for the three points.

“Of course we are all tired after an amazing and crazy and unbelievable night. You know that we left yesterday everyone is happy but a little bit tired too. We arrived late, we didn’t sleep too much but the happiness allows you to feel strong and with energy and of course now thinking about the game of Saturday because we don’t have time to enjoy and we need to forget the Champions League now and try to be ready for Saturday because it’s going to be a battle.”

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