'Certain consequences' - Pochettino makes passionate claim over Tottenham future
By Russell Edge
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has insisted his side deserve to be named among the best sides in Europe after securing victory over Real Madrid on Wednesday.
A double from Dele Alli, who was making his first European appearance of the season after missing the opening three games through suspension, and a goal from Christian Eriksen helped secure a 3-1 win at Wembley, ensuring that they will progress to the last 16 stage of the Champions League.
It was the club’s first ever win over Real Madrid and Los Blancos’ first group stage defeat in five years, which Pochettino passionately believes proves Spurs’ worth to be named among the elite of world football.
Speaking after the clash, he was quoted by talkSPORT as saying: “This sort of win brings with it certain consequences in terms of making us more visible. It’s something that everyone around Europe will have seen.
“You’ve all seen today that Tottenham is a big team; we’re playing at Wembley in front of 80,000 people and these are really historic occasions.
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“We now belong in and among the best, not only in England but in Europe, and results like this help people to see that this is where we are going.
“We’re able to compete now with the biggest teams on a physical and a mental level and this is preparing us very well for what’s coming in the future, and in particular in order for us to achieve the goals we have.”
Tottenham have improved on what was a bitterly disappointing European campaign last season, which saw them finish third in their Champions League group before being knocked out of the Europa League by Belgian side Gent.
They have been involved in the Premier League title race for two consecutive seasons, losing out to shock winners Leicester City and finishing as runners up to a resurgent Chelsea side last season.
They currently sit third in the league table, eight points behind Manchester City, ahead of Spurs’ clash with basement club Crystal Palace on Sunday.
In other Tottenham news, fans were left fuming at the performance of one man in their Champions League win over Real Madrid.