Mauricio Pochettino quick to praise Spurs squad


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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his team achieved “mission impossible” on Tuesday night as they reached the last 16 of the Champions League.

Spurs headed to Barcelona in Group B needing to at least match Inter Milan’s score against PSV Eindhoven and they fell behind in the first 10 minutes.

However, Brazil international Lucas Moura scored five minutes from time to ensure Spurs finished as runners-up in the group, ahead of Inter, because the Italians also drew 1-1.

Tottenham managed to qualify despite taking just one point from their first three games in the group and Pochettino has piled the praise on his side.

“I remember after the result in Eindhoven, no one believed in us,” said Pochettino.

“It was a mission impossible – but we are here. We are on the next station. It’s a massive achievement for the club.

“We are so happy for our fans. It’s a massive boost for the club and to have the chance to play the next round in our new stadium is a massive motivation for us.

“I am relaxed and staying calm. I don’t think too much about personal achievement or personal goals – of course it’s important for the club and players, we are so happy but for me, it’s always about the win. We will enjoy it a little bit but we are going to prepare for our next game – it will be another battle.”

Spurs are still considered outsiders for the competition overall at odds of 26.00 and they will be hoping to get back down to business in the Premier League. They face Burnley on Saturday and punters can back them to win the first half at odds of 1.53.

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