Christian Eriksen keeps Tottenham Hotspur's Champion League hopes alive

Elena Summers
November 30, 2018

A win for Arsenal could see them leapfrog Tottenham into third spot.

As it stands, Spurs are second in the group, level with Inter on seven points but ahead on head to head record (that's how sides finishing level on points are separated).

"It's a mistake we made, that at this level of football we can not repeat", Pochettino said, as reported by the BBC. "The Inter players have to think positively after managing to finish fourth in the league last season and after what they did in the first leg against Tottenham".

"Inter came to defend, they knew one point would be better than losing", Eriksen said, "and playing against Italian sides you don't have many chances".

"What Barcelona is going to do is not in our hands".

For Spurs to take their Champions League hopes to the final game is an impressive achievement after a awful start to their Group B campaign, where they had just a point at the halfway stage. "Against Chelsea and then against Inter, two big teams, we've shown that we can get a very high level".

"Barcelona are one of the best teams in Europe and they have unbelievable players", said Pochettino.

"I was so disappointed because the squad was so big and when the people say, "You're the only club that doesn't sign any players", to sign another player means to put another player out of the list for the Champions League".

Barca may rest players given they are already through, but Pochettino is not expecting any favours.

A Dele Alli shot over the bar aside, however, they struggled to really create any clear-cut opportunities in the opening half an hour.

"They have a good energy and they have had some very good results in the last few weeks so it is going to be a very good game for both teams".

"We need to approach the game in the best way and believe that we can win".

One of four changes to the side that started the 3-1 win over Chelsea here on Saturday, Lucas Moura sent a weak shot down the middle for Samir Handanovic to keep out 33 minutes in following some good play from Moussa Sissoko in the build-up. "They're not going to have one day off until January". If you look at the fixtures, we are going to play 12 games in 40 days.

"The most important is to try to avoid risk, to mix ... and rotate", Pochettino said.

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