Mauricio Pochettino: ‘Tottenham achieved mission impossible’

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has praised his side for achieving ‘mission impossible’ by sealing qualification through their Champions League group.

The Argentine was ecstatic as his side secured a 1-1 draw at the home of Barcelona and coupled with Inter’s failure to beat PSV Eindhoven, it was enough to seal progress.

“I am so happy, so proud,” Pochettino told reporters after the match.

“To see the celebrations inside [the dressing-room] – it was the first time we feel something special. The connection was amazing.

“After the 2-2 draw in Eindhoven, no one believed in us. All said Mission: Impossible. But we are here.

“I always said anything is possible in football if you have faith and quality. I never said it was impossible.

“To have the idea to play the next stage in the new stadium is a massive boost for everyone at the club.

“I hope we can build on something special now over the rest of the season. The club deserves it and the fans deserve it.

“It was difficult to manage the last 10 minutes, the players who came on as substitutes knew the result in Inter but you must win the game and try to score the second goal.

“Yet if you concede and lose 2-1 to Barcelona, we would be talking in a different way. We suffered because when we finished the game, we did not know the result at Inter.

“It was two very difficult minutes but in the end we were so happy.”

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