Pochettino plans first post-season celebration with Tottenham staff


Mauricio Pochettino will be delighted to have secured Champions League football in 2018/19 before heading into Tottenham's final game of the season. We never celebrate. We never celebrate.

"It's a little bit odd that always the feeling is not great - we finished our first season fifth, finishing better than the previous season, it's okay, but it's not enough".

'But in Southampton we avoid relegation and then we finish eighth in the table and we had an unbelievable party in one year and a half.

But the problem with celebrating, he said, is that Spurs expect to be more successful. It is a little bit odd that always the feeling is not great.

"This season has been a transitional season - it's like we've played 37 away games". Fifth is okay, but it is not enough. The second season we finished third, but we lost the possibility to win the league against Chelsea with the draw.

A proud Hugo Lloris explained exactly what it meant to qualify for the Champions League for the third-successive year after victory against Newcastle at Wembley on Wednesday night.

"They had a lot of the ball but we had good chances, and that was our gameplan - sit in, soak up the pressure and try and catch them on the break, and I think we did that a few times. It is not enough, because we want to win trophies and titles, but in football, winning titles is not the only thing - even though this group of people and fans deserve some trophies".

Pochettino also said he will hold talks with Toby Alderweireld next week with the defender likely to leave the club this summer.

"I don't know, but today it is 100 per cent because I have a three-year contract here".

"I think there's no point talking about that". Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen. "But I still have a three-year contract".

The club were able to make the FA Cup semi finals this year despite having to use Wembley as their home ground. "Another is what we are doing, to create players, like in the case of Harry Kane, Dele Alli", he said.

"I repeat, when we arrived here it was to be focused in trying to provide the team the discipline, the philosophy to create the platform to competitive and then work with all the resources the club provides for us and be focused on delivering the best job".

Spurs could equal last season's Premier League club record of 17 clean sheets in a single campaign.

"One way is to spend money".

Serge Aurier, Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama and Kieran Trippier are all doubts for Sunday's match.

"I think Juan Foyth deserves to play and he is doing fantastic and I will repeat that so maybe, I am thinking, maybe it is is not insane to see a player like him or Kyle Walker-Peters in the starting XI".