Mauricio Pochettino believes that Tottenham Hotspur’s achievements this season are made extra special by the fact that the club have played all their home fixtures at Wembley Stadium.
Spurs look set to qualify for the Champions League for the third successive season and are gearing up for an FA Cup semi-final showdown with Manchester United at the end of the month.
Full-Time: Tottenham 1-3 Chelsea
Dele Alli’s brace brought to an end Tottenham Hotspur’s 28-year wait for a win at Stamford Bridge helping Mauricio Pochettino’s side to tighten their grip on the top four, moving eight points clear of their London rivals.
Whilst Chelsea got off the mark first through Alvaro Morata, an incredible strike from Christian Eriksen drew Spurs level just before the break, changing the complexity of the game.
Home away from home
Whilst they await their new stadium, which is currently under construction on Tottenham High Road, Spurs have been using the Home of English football as their temporary home for the season.
This for Pochettino makes what Tottenham have achieved this season even more special, with early talk at the start of the campaign being on whether the ground would impact how his side perform.
“A fantastic victory for us, a massive three points.
“We are in a good place to achieve the top four, and to do that at the end of the season is the challenge.
“It’s so difficult to say if we are going to be successful if we finish in the top four or win the FA Cup.
“It’s step by step. First of all, it’s about winning games. That’s the most important thing.
“To finish in the top four would be fantastic for the club. And we have the possibility to beat Manchester United and go to the final of the FA Cup would be fantastic.
“We are so happy with what we are doing this season.
“Playing away from home plenty of matches, because we started the season at Wembley, it was so difficult to create or give comfort there. For our fans for the team and everyone, it was difficult. But our ambition is to try and win.
“There’s still a long way to the end. We have to be focused and try and prepare the next game – so tough against Stoke – and focus and try to work hard.
“I think we have still not achieved anything, and it will be difficult to be in the top four. We have to fight. Our mentality must be ready in every single game.”