Tottenham suffered a lot for the three points - Pochettino

Tottenham suffered a lot for the three points - Pochettino

Christian Eriksen was credited with a brace as Harry Kane was denied a crucial goal in the Golden Boot race in Tottenham's 2-1 win over Stoke at the bet365 Stadium.

Yet without the league's top scorer Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in a very different starting XI to the one that outplayed Manchester City 3-0 in midweek, Liverpool looked to have Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg weighing on their minds.

The three points nearly guarantees Tottenham a top-four finish for this season, securing Champions League qualification for the third campaign in a row. "I told them it would be tough as they are playing to survive".

A visit to Stoke is next up and Pochettino says that game will be tougher than last Sunday's visit across London.

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Mauricio Pochettino opted to rotate his team by making four changes from the line-up that broke the club's hoodoo at Chelsea.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Pochettino said: "It was fantastic in the moment that we achieved the victory".

"It is also hard to see the Blues getting back into the Champions League places after they lost to Spurs - but they should still have too much for West Ham".

"It would be fantastic to be (there for a) third time in a row".

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"I couldn't ask for any more from the way we played". "Then he got the injury and players like Davinson and (Jan) Vertonghen stepped up, and you have got to deserve to play".

The visitors had twice led through second-half finishes from Luka Milivojevic and Wilfried Zaha, but with King's goal were then denied the crucial victory that would have taken them five points clear of the bottom three.

Stoke's winless streak has now been extended to nine games, although they showed plenty of fight having been beaten by four-goal margins in each of their last four games against Tottenham. Pochettino was unnecessarily harsh on Alderweireld - business is business but on form he'd walk into any side in the Premier League.

"I think it's very good news for the club, for the company it was a record for the club and was very positive news for Tottenham", the 46-year-old added.

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