Mauricio Pochettino says he’s immensely happy with his Tottenham aspect for overcoming the percentages in Group B and securing the prospect of Champions League soccer on the membership’s new stadium within the new yr.
Spurs seemed set for an early exit after amassing only one level from their opening three European fixtures. However they went on to seize late residence wins over PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan.
On Tuesday, an 85th-minute equaliser from Lucas Moura earned a 1-1 draw against Barcelona on the Camp Nou and a spot within the spherical of 16.
“I am so completely happy, so proud,” Pochettino advised a information convention. “I bear in mind after Eindhoven no person consider in us. They mentioned it was mission unattainable, however we’re right here. We’re within the final 16 and it is a huge achievement for the membership.
“I did not say it, others did. I mentioned all is feasible in soccer if in case you have perception, religion and the standard.
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“I am so completely happy for the followers which might be right here and for our followers all over the world. It is a huge enhance for the membership and to have the thought to play within the subsequent stage subsequent yr within the new stadium is a large motivation for us.
“To see how the gamers celebrated inside with the workers, I feel it was the primary time in 4-and-a-half years on the membership that we really feel one thing particular, and the connection was superb. Now we want to be intelligent in the way in which we handle that power that we have created tonight.”
A draw was sufficient for Tottenham as a result of Inter Milan solely managed a 1-1 of their very own at residence against backside-aspect PSV.
That match in Italy completed a couple of minutes after Spurs’ sport on the Camp Nou, leaving Pochettino and his gamers with a nervy wait after they’d finished their job.
“I had one thing like that in Argentina after I was a participant,” mentioned Pochettino. “We completed our sport and we had been ready for River Plate and Velez Sarsfield, and if River had scored they’d have taken the title off our arms.
“So we had been ready there on the pitch enthusiastic about what was occurring. That’s the solely time I had lived one thing related. After we completed right this moment, there was a bit little bit of confusion. We did not know if the sport in Italy had completed, we did not know if we may have fun or not.
“These conditions assist us really feel that soccer is among the most lovely sports activities on the planet — the fervour and the way that retains you alive, and the way the result can generate all type of feelings. That’s the lovely factor about soccer. However we additionally endure generally, useless to say.
“It was so tough to handle the final 10 minutes. The gamers who got here on from the bench, they knew in regards to the rating from Inter, however after all it is so tough to translate how you are feeling.
“You will need to win the sport, it’s essential to rating the second aim however, in the identical time, for those who concede a second aim and also you lose the sport perhaps it is 2-1 to Barcelona and proper now we’re speaking another way. That is why it was so tough for the gamers to handle every part inside. However I feel the trouble was improbable.”