Mauricio Pochettino believes Spurs can reach Champions League knockout stages

  • Mauricio Pochettino believes Spurs can reach Champions League knockout stages

Mauricio Pochettino believes Spurs can reach Champions League knockout stages

Now, ahead of Tuesday's must-win Champions League game at home to PSV Eindhoven, Lloris has challenged his team-mates to be smarter.

Harry Kane got the equaliser 12 minutes from time and then saw his header deflect in off Trent Sainsbury for the victor, moving Spurs to within three points of second-placed Inter with two matches left.

With Internazionale drawing against Barcelona in the other fixture in Group B, Spurs not only have to beat Inter in three weeks but will nearly certainly need to achieve a better result than the Italian club in the final matchday - when Spurs travel to the Camp Nou.

Despite being regulars in the group stages, Spurs boss Pochettino does not think it would be embarrassing if his side were knocked out at the group stage.

It's a tall order, but Pochettino is taking it one step at a time.

"In one game can happen anything".

"When you compete at that level against Inter Milan or PSV, of course Barcelona, it is not easy to go to the next stage of the Champions League and qualify", Pochettino said.

And they're likely to have the same feelings tonight when Spurs make their return to the national stadium.

"I think we were so close to winning the game and deserved more in Milan (a 2-1 defeat), we played better than them". If we are able to beat them the chance to reach the next stage if higher'.

The visiting defense was finally breached when Kane met a lay-off from substitute Fernando Llorente with a left-footed shot into the corner.

Kane seems to be finding some consistency after now scoring four goals in his last four games, and goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga - who appears to have overtaken Michel Vorm and become the No. 2 - justified his inclusion and enhanced his reputation further with a couple of smart second-half saves.

"That was our fourth game in nine days and I am so pleased", the manager added.

"The team was fighting and made a big effort". "To concede again an early goal gave increased belief to the opponent".

Tottenham will host PSV at their temporary home of Wembley and Lloris has dismissed fears over the state of a pitch damaged badly by National Football League matches. The Euro Club Index estimates the chance of progress for Spurs at around 15%.

However, Mark van Bommel's side must head to London looking to secure a victory with tougher ties at home to Barcelona and away to Internazionale to come. In Holland, we say s*** a little bit quicker than in English.

"It's bad. It's not good but we aren't complaining".