Pochettino on Tottenham’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur took a big and much-needed step towards Champions League knockout qualification last night as they beat Red Star Belgrade 5-0 at home.

Red Star were second in Group B after two games, with Spurs joint-bottom of the table. However, Tottenham now jump up to second at the halfway stage in the group, behind only Bayern Munich who maintained a 100% record with a win in Greece.

Spurs left their opening match of the 2019/20 Champions League campaign disappointed after letting a two-goal lead slip in a draw against Olympiacos.

However, their second match would have left them devastated and embarrassed after Bayern thumped seven past the Lilywhites at home.

Despite the rocky start to the group, Tottenham are already three points ahead of where they were at this stage last season. That’s saying something, as Spurs managed to reach the final in 2019.

Pochettino claims there are tough games between them and qualification, but the team are definitely better off than last season.

He said (Football London): “I think still we need to work hard. We have three more games and they’re going to be very tough in Belgrade and Munich with Olympiacos here. It’s still all open. The most important thing is that we are better than last season and in a better position. It’s in our hands now. Last season we depended not only on our results but what happened in different stadiums. Of course, we’re in a better position than last season.”

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