Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Pochettino: rotation vs. Stoke was to keep players fresh

Pochettino: rotation vs. Stoke was to keep players fresh

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"Our target is to finish in the top four, possibly second", Spurs' delighted coach Mauricio Pochettino told the BBC.

"We've played Arsenal and Spurs in the last two games and we should have probably picked up points that we deserved".

The sight of the England striker was the last thing relegation haunted Stoke wanted to see, particularly as no side had won more Premier League away games at... "If we can finish second, it would be better than third or fourth", the Argentinian added.


None of those were especially shocking changes from the team that beat Chelsea last weekend, but Poch was asked about them in the post-match press conference, and to maybe everyone's surprise, Poch gave a pretty long and drawn-out response.

Kane claimed the final touch - and a 25th league goal of the season - from the Dane's 63rd minute freekick but replays showed the ball had gone straight in. But we can't spend too much time on it.

As for Spurs, the North London outfit will extend their advantage over fifth-placed Chelsea to 11 points if they can register victory at the bet365 Stadium.

Xherdan Shaqiri nearly secured Stoke a share of the spoils 10 minutes from time, but his free-kick came back off the crossbar and Spurs held on to the victory which leaves them only behind third-placed Liverpool on goal difference.


"It is also hard to see the Blues getting back into the Champions League places after they lost to Spurs - but they should still have too much for West Ham".

Harry Kane will have to wait to find out whether or not he made ground on Mohamed Salah in the race for the Premier League's golden boot, but Tottenham Hotspur are making a late run for the "best of the rest" title.

The Terriers' own winless streak extended to five games, but manager David Wagner must have been reasonably satisfied with just a second league point since the 2-1 win at West Brom February 24.

"I think it's very good news for the club, for the company it was a record for the club and was very positive news for Tottenham", the 46-year-old added.


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