Tottenham beats Newcastle 1-0, secures Champions League spot

10 May, 2018, 14:25 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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Harry Kane's sweet first-time strike in the 50th minute was the difference on the night, with the striker curling one into the far corner after Heung-Min Son had laid it off for him inside the box.

"Last season, at White Hart Lane, we played 19 games in the Premier League and we won 17 and drew twice". "I want to congratulate the players first of all and then the staff".

Rafa Benitez has guided his side to a Premier League season next year already, however, the turn in results since they guaranteed their survival will have been concerning to the Spaniard.

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham Hotspur can not continue to celebrate top-four finishes when they move to their new stadium next season. It will be another challenge, another massive challenge because it will be the same as it was to play at Wembley.

"We had so many chances and you must be good to take them".

Pochettino picked out Moussa Sissoko as one of Tottenham's key players in a match where the France worldwide was called upon to show his defensive qualities as often as his creative ones.

All of a sudden the home side looked rattled and found themselves pinned back in their own half as Newcastle forced a corner from which Jamaal Lascelles would have scored had his powerful downward header not been saved acrobatically by the diving Hugo Lloris. I thought he was fantastic. To play with pressure against a team who have freedom and nothing to play for, it can be unsafe.

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The Spurs boss also knows that there is a next step for his side moving forward.

"The first step is always to be competitive, reduce the gap with the top four, that was the challenge four years ago". Fifth-placed Chelsea are on 70 and hence, can not overtake the Lilywhites as they have just one game left in the season. Now after 23 years in the Premier League this is the first time Tottenham are above all the London clubs.

"The next thing is to win a trophy, but you will need to build. To create a winning mentality is to build step by step and then to be competitive with the big sides", he said.

A fourth consecutive defeat was harsh on Newcastle, whose craft and positivity belied their mid-table status and whose determination suggested they were chasing much more than ninth place - a position that is now out of reach for them this season.

"Absolutely, 100% we deserved something", said Benitez. "We showed character and we showed we are strong as a team". It is a pity.

"There were two decisions, two penalties that were clear but not given, but still we had enough chances to score".

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