Mauricio Pochettino believes Spurs can reach Champions League knockout stages


PSV Eindhoven head to Wembley on Tuesday to face Tottenham Hotspur in a must-win Champions League clash for both sides. Up front, Tottenham will lean on Harry Kane to find the back of the net.

Spurs host Serie A side Inter on November 28, before finishing the group stage at the Nou Camp on December 11. In team news, Tottenham will be without keeper Hugo Loris who is suspended after picking up a red card in the away game last time out.

"If we have to play a different way, we have to play a different way".

"The belief is still there, you know me, I am so optimistic". I thought we were so close to winning the game [against Inter Milan in Italy].

"After one-and-a-half years with us, I think Paulo's progression is fantastic", Pochettino said about Gazzaniga at a press conference. I think the first one was a penalty, the second one was 50-50. But we have speed, width and strength: "we have to try to use that".

Spurs dominated their Dutch opponents but trailed for 76 minutes after missing numerous chances following De Jong's early header from a corner.

The visiting defense was finally breached when Kane met a lay-off from substitute Fernando Llorente with a left-footed shot into the corner.

Nonetheless, Tottenham have won six of their trips, including a 3-2 victory at Wolves on Saturday, and lie just five points off the top.

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"So pleased with the effort for what was our fourth game in nine days", added Pochettino.

PSV defended doggedly for much of the match on a Wembley pitch damaged by recent American football matches.

Following late drama in both Group B matches, Inter's trip to Tottenham at the end of the month suddenly takes on even more importance.

Harry Kane has dismissed Mark van Bommel's criticism of the Wembley pitch following Tottenham's dramatic, come-from-behind victory over PSV on Tuesday evening.

Mark van Bommel's side showed plenty of quality to battle back from a goal down to steal a point against the ten men of Spurs thanks to a late Luuk de Jong strike.

'You could say we were probably a bit unlucky against Manchester City because of the pitch, so it is what it is. It is not an easy period for Tottenham players or fans but we deserve credit. The players were complaining in training but I told them to shut up. We did everything, everybody was fighting for the result.

Jurgen Klopp's side stay second in Group C after Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain played out a 1-1 draw in Naples to leave the entire group separated by only two points going into the final two matchdays.