Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier ruled out of Newcastle United clash

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier ruled out of Newcastle United clash

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier ruled out of Newcastle United clash

Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham have made "amazing" progress this season and to find themselves with the chance to finish third with two games left is "ideal".

'If you analyse all in context I think it's an incredible season - to have the possibility with two games left to finish third, I think it's massively successful'. "It'll be a massive success for the club and the team to finish third". "We want more. We're ambitious". For me, to create a team capable of winning, to build a mentality is like a marathon. But he said nothing else matters now except the squad's willingness to win the final two games or die trying.

"Of course it's never enough in football and I always told the players, after working hard for two hours in a training session 'yes well done but it's not enough, it's not enough".

Despite not challenging for the title - which they did for parts of the last two seasons - Pochettino has still described their campaign as "amazing".

"For me, fantastic progression", he said.

"The players need to feel the love because now arrives the decisive moment and, if you don't care about those players, now you are going to demand respect, focus and [for them to] play like this".

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"Of course we're disappointed because of the last game, and because we lost the semi-final against Manchester United, or because of the Champions League match against Juventus". The team was complete, unbelievable with the fans, without the corner, remember, at White Hart Lane.

"We are in the fight, in the battle for the top four, and it's fantastic".

"After, you move to Wembley". "The second [most important] thing is the money, but the first is that playing in the Champions League is the dream of everyone, and for me it's impossible to think and not give your best when it depends on you to win".

Pochettino will be without three holding midfielders for Newcastle's visit to Wembley Stadium on Wednesday, with Eric Dier (illness) joining Mousa Dembele and Harry Winks (both ankle) on the sidelines. It started on Monday night when he was vomiting and had a fever.

"We don't know why it has happened yet, but we hope he will be available for the weekend and I believe he will be too. We need to be excited about this position at the end of the season".

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