Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs can progress in Champions League after PSV win

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Tuesday's narrow success was Tottenham's first in the group stage and leaves them three points behind second-placed Inter Milan and six adrift of leaders Barcelona with two fixtures remaining.

That's because the history books show that Spurs love hosting the San Siro side.

"I understand, I like it because after almost five years I think it's the first time that they've been critical of me and didn't agree with me, but in the end [it ended] 2-1", Pochettino told reporters with a laugh. Hopefully, we can put ourselves in a position where, when we have two or three home games in a row, we're able to take advantage of it.

According to WhoScored, no player has created more chances in a single game in this season's Champions League than Winks did against PSV. "In Milan I think we played better than them and I think we can beat them". "If we are capable of beating them, the percentage to be in the next stage will be high". "To concede again an early goal gave increased belief to the opponent".

The Spurs boss praised the spirit of his players after four games in nine days.

"For me, I can only tell the fans thank you because coming again to Wembley, supporting the team and making the effort, we cannot ask for more".

PSV defended doggedly for much of the match on a Wembley pitch damaged by recent National Football League matches. Mark van Bommel's side were made to rue the miss as one minute from time, Kane's header deflected off of Nick Viergever and then Trent Sainsbury before finding the bottom corner.

"You know what I mean, it's bad". His goals on 77 and 89 minutes were his 12th and 13th in the Champions League on only his 14th appearance, yet another local-boy-done-good with the same name also more than played his part.

Here, we use Opta data to dig a little deeper into Tottenham's Premier League form to see what the underlying causes of Pochettino's unhappiness could be.

"Pleased of course, we're always trying to improve, but with all the circumstances the team is fighting". We had a few chances at the end to maybe steal it but it wasn't to be tonight. "We have been grinding results out here and there all season". Against Barcelona, he was paired with a barely-fit Victor Wanyama in midfield while for the PSV clash, he seemed to be tasked with holding Spurs' midfield together on his own given the attacking line-up his manager named.

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