Mauricio Pochettino has briefed the media ahead of Tottenham’s final game of the Premier League season against Leicester City.
Harry Kane’s winning goal against Newcastle on Wednesday secured Spurs’ place in next season’s Champions League, but the hosts could yet seal a third place finish.
A number of topics were on the agenda at the press conference. Here are three things we learned.
Dier and Trippier could return
Eric Dier missed Wednesday’s victory through illness, while Trippier limped off in the final few minutes after twisting his knee.
Neither player was mentioned in the team news, so it appears they are both available for Sunday. However, Serge Aurier and Mousa Dembele remain doubtful.
Pochettino suggested the likes of Juan Foyth and Kyle Walker-Peters could start with a place in the top four already wrapped up.
Tottenham should celebrate their “successful” season
Pochettino is keen for Spurs to celebrate their season even though the team failed to win a trophy.
“In the last three years, we’ve achieved massive things, to play in the Champions League at this football club, and we never celebrate. We never celebrate!” he said (via ESPN).
“After four years we never celebrate. I am going to celebrate with my people. I want to celebrate with my staff because I think, for us, it’s a massive achievement – of course not enough because we want to win titles.”
Pochettino is certain he’ll be at Spurs beyond the summer
Comments Pochettino made after last month’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United provoked fears the Argentinian was considering his future at the club.
But the Tottenham boss insists he will still be in charge next season.
After saying he is “100 per cent” sure he will be at Spurs beyond the summer, Pochettino added: “Only you know in football anything can happen, and no-one is sure in their job. But I still have a three-year contract.” (Via @BenPearceSpurs.)