Tottenham Hotspur may have experienced one of the greatest nights in the club’s history on Wednesday, but they must now collect their thoughts and go again at the weekend.
Spurs face Everton at home on the last day of the season, and although they will likely not need anything from the game, they would surely rather be safe than sorry.
Thanks to 1-1 draws from Arsenal and Man United last time out, Spurs virtually secured Champions League football for next season.
Tottenham currently sit fourth, with Arsenal three points behind, and Man United out of the top four race.
Spurs have a superior goal difference than the Gunners too, and it would take an eight-goal swing for Arsenal to overtake the Lilywhites into fourth.
While a win against Everton would be a perfect cap to the Prem season, a draw would also secure top four, and a narrow loss would also hopefully see Spurs through.
However, three points could see Tottenham re-take third if Chelsea falter.
Pochettino said on the eight-goal swing (Football London): “In football, all can happen It’s about belief. We must believe that we need to win on Sunday. Our objective must be to finish third. That’s the way we need to take the game and then what happens, happens. The most important is the responsibility we need to feel, we need to compete in our best to win the game. Don’t think too much, only think to play well to finish the season.
“We are in a moment, living a dream. It’s difficult to be in the reality. It’s our responsibility to create the atmosphere of competition because Sunday is an important day for us. To be ready is our first priority. To finish in the right way, in front of our fans, is the most important thing now. Of course, it was an amazing moment, one of the best we live all together after five years. I know very well it’s difficult to stop to think after all we achieved on Wednesday but our responsibility is to be ready. We’re in a good position, it’s almost but it’s not done. We need to take the game, be competitive with all energy and to finish in the right way will be a massive boost to prepare for the Champions League final against Liverpool in Madrid.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to finish well. Of course, it’s better to finish third than fourth but the objective is to finish in the top four and it’s almost done but we have one more game. Everton has great momentum, very competitive and they finish the season very well. They have very good players and it’s normal that they’re going to come here to compete. They had a clear week to prepare. We cannot be distracted, we need to be focused on our game.”
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With Chelsea having gone to extra time in the Europa League, and with a trip away to Leicester to finish the season, the aim for Spurs should be a third place spot. Forget Arsenal and the potential of a slip-up, just go out there, enjoy it, and get the job done. We want to go into the final off the back of a win.
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