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Pochettino thrilled as Tottenham finish as top London club in the Premier League

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is basking in the glory of being top dogs in London for the first time in 23 years. Photo: PA

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is basking in the glory of being top dogs in London for the first time in 23 years after his side sealed Champions League qualification.

A 1-0 win over Newcastle, thanks to Harry Kane's 28th Premier League goal of the season, was enough to ensure a third successive year in the top four after Chelsea could only draw with Huddersfield.

That means Spurs are looking down on the rest of the capital clubs for the first time since the 1994-95 season.

It has been a particularly impressive achievement this year, considering Tottenham have effectively played a full campaign on the road, with their home fixtures being held at Wembley, while other clubs around them have spent considerably more.

Pochettino knows his side will still be judged for a lack of trophies, but says his side are in a process and finishing top of the tree in London is a big tick.

"The first step is always to be competitive, reduce the gap with the top four, that was the challenge four years ago," he said.

"Now after 23 years in the Premier League Tottenham are above all the London clubs.

"The next thing is to win a trophy. But you need to build. We are not in a club that wins a lot in last years.

"To create a winning mentality is to build step by step and then to be competitive with the big sides."