Mauricio Pochettino tells Spurs stars to be prepared to ‘die’ against Newcastle

first_imgTOTTENHAM boss Mauricio Pochettino is urging his wobbling side to be prepared to “die” against Newcastle tomorrow night.Spurs have won just once in four Premier League games and could miss out on a top-four spot — and a place in next season’s Champions League — if Chelsea can make up a two-point gap in the final two games.4 Mauricio Pochettino watches Spurs slump to a draw against struggling West BromCredit: REUTERSPochettino’s team host Leicester in Sunday’s top-flight closer in what is set to be their final home game at Wembley before moving to a new stadium. He said: “To win the Champions League is a dream of everyone.“It’s impossible to not give your best in the last two games to win.“It’s massive because the Champions League is, with the Premier League, the best competition in the world.“It’s in our own hands and we need to die to try to achieve that.RETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashPicturedMADD FOR ITPrem aces Dele, Maddison & Grealish enjoy hard-earned break in sun-soaked IbizaLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesMISS-RON IMPOSSIBLERonaldo LOSES Golden Boot race after axe from Juve squad for final game4 Spurs chief Mauricio Pochettino knows his side need to improve quickly to secure Champions League footballCredit: REUTERS“Now it’s not ‘We need to  play two strikers, three defenders’, it’s about the players who are going to  play to die to try to achieve.“If we cannot, we cannot. That is different — we need to analyse why.TOT WHACK Tottenham stars including Harry Kane to miss out on huge European bonuses if they fail to qualify for Champions League“But now we have to be all together, to fight for that, with our fans and to create a good atmosphere for this game and Sunday.“To play Champions League in the new stadium would be fantastic.“That was always our dream, to have the possibility to fight with this kind of club.“We arrived four years ago and the team was sixth and it was, ‘The dream is to fight and to reduce the gap’.“That is the truth but four years later we are there. But win? It’s not an easy thing to achieve like this, like magic. We are in a good race to win some titles one day.”4 Chelsea have hit form at the right time and have closed the gapCredit: REUTERSWest Brom 1-0 Tottenham: Baggies still have a chance of Premier League football as they pull of dramatic victory Pochettino’s side lost 1-0 at West Brom on Saturday but he  insists the cash generated by a run  in the Champions League   is not a key factor in the club’s future planning.His chairman Daniel Levy, though, is unlikely to agree — Spurs earnt more than £50million from the competition this season, while Liverpool are in line for £70m-plus.Asked whether chairman Levy is counting on the European revenue next season, Poch added: “I think Daniel is fine with the money. It is not a problem.“The plan four years ago was not to play every season in the Champions League, just to be sure the club is going to survive.“If you overachieve, fantastic. You have more money to invest. But I don’t think money is a problem.”4 Pochettino has been reserved when asked questions about his futureCredit: PA:Empics SportTottenham manager Pochettino praises Steven Gerrard and Arsene Wenger Eric Dier, meanwhile, has been ruled out of the game at Wembley tonight with an illness.Pochettino said: “He started to vomit with  a fever and now he needs 48 hours to recover. We hope he will be available for the weekend and I believe he will be.”As for tonight’s opponents, Newcastle, Poch said: “They have had a fantastic season. Rafa Benitez has done a brilliant  job.”Tweet @CharlieWyettlast_img

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