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Two goals from Christian Eriksen against Stoke City brought Tottenham Hotspur level on points with third-placed Liverpool.

After an entertaining first-half in which Stoke frustrated Spurs, Eriksen finished past Jack Butland to give the North Londoners the lead.

Stoke equalised through Mame Biram Diouf, but their joy was short lived as Eriksen scored his second from a free-kick. Harry Kane claimed to have got a touch but the goal was eventually awarded to the Danish playmaker.

Xherdan Shaqiri threatened for the hosts and came so close to making it 2-2 but Spurs held on to secure a massive three points at the Bet365 stadium.

Asked about Tottenham’s second goal, Pochettino told in his post-match presser (as quoted by Football.London):

“I didn’t have time to see it on TV, but he said that it touched him on the shoulder, but I don’t know. Maybe they need to see on the TV his touch. I didn’t see it, no time to see it on TV. The most important thing for me is the three points.

“Whether it was Christian or Harry, we were happy with the three points which were massive before the game and I think put us in a very good position in the table to achieve what we want, which is to finish in the top four. We are still in the race for the top four. I think it was a massive, massive three points for us today.”

On this season’s target, Poch added:

“I think first of all, our target is the top four. To have the possibility next season will be fantastic in our new stadium.”

Tottenham’s prime target remains Champions League qualification but the second place looks attainable. On that aspect, our gaffer explained:

“Yes, but first of all the target is to finish in the top four. It will be fantastic for the club to do it for a third consecutive time. To have the possibility next season for the club to play Champions League football in the new stadium will be a fantastic achievement for the club.

“Then we’ll see. If in the moment we are capable to take that opportunity to finish in the top four then, of course, it’s better to finish second, third or fourth in the table.”

The win over Stoke is crucial as playing against relegation-battling sides is difficult. Let’s hope we keep up the good work and finish 2nd.

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“What a player he was”, “Great goal” – Some Spurs fans go down memory lane about former superstar’s incredible goal

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Glenn Hoddle was in the news recently as he ripped Tottenham’s defence to shreds post our defeat at San Siro.

The former player and manager wasn’t happy with the lack of commitment from the team and did make sense while criticising some players.

The Tottenham Twitter account posted an old video of Hoddle in his prime. The former player scored a wonderful goal in 1983 as he produced magic against Watford.

The touch, the turn and the finish are unbelievable, to say the least. The 60-year-old now enjoys his time as a pundit but is one of the best English players of his time and this goal more than proves it.

The midfielder won two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup with us during the 80s and it is no wonder some Spurs fans turned the clock back and praised Hoddle.

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Former Tottenham star refutes claims of wanting to leave the club

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Former Tottenham defender Kyle Walker has refuted claims from Mauricio Pochettino which suggested the player wanted to leave Spurs.

The Daily Mail reports that Pochettino’s book claimed that Walker wanted to leave at the end of the 2016/17 season.

However, the Manchester City man claims the Argentine did not view the defender as part of his plans. Walker was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying:

“He told me I wasn’t in his plan.”

The Englishman was further upset about Pochettino revealing these details which he thought was private.

“If he was going to do that he might as well have called a press conference and told everyone. He told one side of the story, but it’s a side of a story I don’t agree with.

“He said he had a witness in there, but he didn’t tell the correct story, no way. Up until now I have never said my part. I have stayed quiet and showed a level of respect to Tottenham and I always will.”

The right-back claimed he got his chances due to the manager but wanted everyone to know what really happened regarding his transfer to City.

Walker did pick up a Premier League title with Pep Guardiola last season but expressed his gratitude as well.

“I was young, needed to improve and he improved me.

“He taught me to look after myself, eat right and rest. I will never forget how much he did.”

The 28-year-old is one of the best right-backs in the Premier League but it was a bit concerning when we sold him and only had Kieran Trippier in the side.

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Tottenham have two quality right-backs in Serge Aurier and Trippier and the Englishman has certainly improved a lot in the last season or so.

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Former Tottenham manager blasts star for performance against Brighton

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Tottenham might have come up with all three points against Brighton but former manager Harry Redknapp was not happy with our defending in the final minutes of the game.

Spurs had raced into a 2-0 lead, thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela. However, Anthony Knockaert pulled one back for the hosts in the 93rd minute.

The Seagulls star had another chance in the 95th minute but shot straight at Paulo Gazzaniga and Redknapp was quoted by Football.london as he had a go at Danny Rose.

The Englishman was responsible for the first goal we conceded and was in attack mode during stoppage time too.

“He [Pochettino] will be bothered by that last minute because it was a nightmare. It’s a poor goal. They’re stretched.

“At this stage of the game you’ve got no need. You’ve got to manage the game not get yourself stretched like that with two minutes to go. Danny Rose shouldn’t be going forward if he’s exhausted. Stay where you are. Keep the clean sheet. Defend first and foremost.”

Erik Lamela

The former manager is right as we suffered a similar fate against Inter Milan a few days earlier. Two late goals from the Italians meant we started our Champions League journey with a loss and we could have dropped more points at the Amex too.

Fortunately, we held on for three points but Pochettino has a lot of work to do before we play like we did last season.

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Spurs are already six points behind league leaders Liverpool and we cannot afford any more mistakes for the remainder of the campaign.

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