Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is delighted to have Champions League qualification in their own hands after they scraped to a 1-0 win over Brighton on Tuesday night (Spurs 1/16 to finish in top four).
It was crucial that Spurs capitalised on Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal all dropping points by picking up the win and they did just that as Christian Eriksen struck two minutes from time.
Spurs now have home games against West Ham and Everton, with a trip to Bournemouth sandwiched in between, and Pochettino wants to win all three to make sure they qualify.
“We are in a position now that is in our hands to be in the top four,” he said. “If we are capable of winning the next three games in the Premier League, then we will be third.
“I think that is the key, thinking about ourselves and then seeing what’s happening next to us, of course.”
Eriksen was the hero and Pochettino revealed after the game that talks over a new contract are on hold until the summer as Spurs focus on seeing the season out.
With a Champions League semi-final showdown with Ajax also on the cards, Pochettino says now is not the time.
As for Brighton, the defeat leaves them three points ahead of Cardiff in the fight to avoid the final relegation place, and although boss Chris Hughton found the loss hard to take, he hopes to take the positives from it (Brighton 4/1 to be relegated).
“We need to take whatever we can from these last two performances and they have been ‘better feel’ performances for us,” he said.
Odds subject to change.