Mauricio Pochettino says it will be “fantastic” for Tottenham’s new stadium to stage Champions League football in its first season after Christian Eriksen’s double saw them beat Stoke.
Spurs took a big step towards securing a top-four finish with a victory at the relegation-threatened Potters – their sixth successive Premier League win.
The north London side is level on points with third-placed Liverpool and 11 ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea, who host West Ham on Sunday.
Spurs, who are using Wembley for home games this season, are due to move to their new ground for 2018-19, and manager Pochettino said: “To have the opportunity to play in the Champions League in the new stadium will be a fantastic achievement.
“For us, it would be a massive achievement to finish top four for the third time.” Stoke frustrated their opponents before Eriksen fired Spurs into the lead from inside the penalty area after Dele Alli’s pass.
Mame Biram Diouf equalised after a mistake by keeper Hugo Lloris, whose attempted clearance cannoned off the Stoke striker and fell kindly for Diouf to roll the ball into the net.
In an entertaining match, Eriksen scored the winner from a free-kick before Xherdan Shaqiri was denied a late equaliser when his free-kick hit the bar.
Kane claims winner on return to starting line-up
Although Tottenham was far from their best, this was another positive day for Pochettino as Harry Kane returned to the starting line-up after a recovering from a damaged ankle.
The England striker was quiet by his usual standards before claiming he got the faintest of touches to Eriksen’s free-kick for the winning goal.
“It was my goal, it flicked off my shoulder and went in,” he said after the game. However, the Premier League tweeted that the goal had been awarded to Eriksen after a review by the league’s Match Centre.
In the end, all that mattered for Pochettino is that his side had secured three more points at a venue where both Arsenal and Manchester United have tripped up this season. “After his injury, to play 90 minutes today is going to help Harry,” added Pochettino.
Source: BBC News