Pochettino says Spurs must keep going in top-four fight

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Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham cannot sit back after their midweek win as they need to ensure they finish in the top four.

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham cannot sit back after their midweek win as they need to ensure they finish in the top four.

Spurs cannot bask in the glory of reaching their first ever Champions League semi-final, where they will meet Ajax, as they are embroiled in their own top-four battle.

They are three points better off than sixth-placed Manchester United, with Arsenal and Chelsea in between, as the race for Champions League football looks like going down to the wire.

They could have perhaps done without such a hasty return to the Etihad Stadium as they are hampered by injuries in key areas, with Harry Kane and Harry Winks definitely out, while Moussa Sissoko looks unlikely to recover from the groin injury he picked up in midweek.

‘Now for us we need to think that we must be in the top four next season and that is our challenge and it is going to be tough,’ Pochettino said.

‘It is made difficult as our circumstances are not the best.

They have nearly all players fit and we need to assess players.

‘We will miss some players that are so important and we need to think how we are going to mix.

‘But for sure we need to be sure that we are going to be ready to fight them and challenge them and it will be tough.

‘They are not going to fight for revenge.

Of course they will try to win the game as they need the three points like us.’

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