Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs can progress in Champions League after PSV win

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With Internazionale drawing against Barcelona in the other fixture in Group B, Spurs not only have to beat Inter in three weeks but will nearly certainly need to achieve a better result than the Italian club in the final matchday - when Spurs travel to the Camp Nou.

"I think it's a great opportunity to get the three points and to have the hope to go to the next stage - and then we have Inter Milan here and play the last game in Barcelona". PSV have Eredivisie encounters with De Graafschap and Heerenveen coming up, before then facing Barcelona in Europe, a match that will likely bring their elimination.

" The belief is still there, now we must be focused on Saturday [when Spurs travel to Crystal Palace] and in this competition we must be focused on Inter". "In the end we managed to take a couple but I think we deserved it".

Pochettino said he was "so pleased" with his team after they came back to win late on but said that they should heed the warning of once again falling behind in the opening stages. PSV won their 11th straight league tie at the weekend but the 1-0 victory over Vitesse Arnhem was not plain sailing despite the visitors being down to ten men from the 15-minute mark.

"I'm so pleased with everything - not only the effort of the performance, but how we played in the opposite half, trying to be patient and not taking rash decisions and not making a mistake". We created lots of chances, played well and dominated the game, but we could not score.

Uefa will hold a pitch inspection at Wembley on Monday evening to asses the state of the surface, which was left in a poor condition for Spurs' Premier League defeat to Manchester City last Monday as a result of an NFL game played 24 hours earlier.

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Both sides have just one point from three matches and will be looking to close the gap on leaders Barcelona (nine points) and Inter Milan (six points) who play each other at the San Siro today. In football that can happen. We have to be focused from the beginning, be aggressive, don't concede goals from corners.

"We have the character of never giving up which is so important".

It's last-chance saloon time for Spurs and even a win may not be enough, but it will at least give them hope as they look at the Inter v Barca game.

"We are always in control of the ball and we always try to press the opponent". I think he is still young for a 'keeper but he has the potential to get to the top.

"The belief is still there, you know me, I am so optimistic".

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