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Pochettino admits no Europa League could help Spurs

Pochettino wouldn't mind avoiding Europe. Credit: PA

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted missing out on European football could aid Tottenham's bid to qualify for the Champions League next season.

Pochettino has bemoaned the impact playing on Thursday nights across Europe has had on his side's Premier League campaign, while looking ruefully at Manchester United's top-four march having finished seventh last term.

"It's very difficult to manage the Europa League with the Premier League and both cups. You spend a lot of energy when you play in the Europa League and it's not easy, but you never know.

"It's true the experience last season with Liverpool and now with Manchester United, I think it's a clear example that maybe you will have the opportunity to stay closer to reaching the top four if you only are focused on the Premier League and the cups."

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Pochettino: Kane owes his Spurs team-mates dinner

Pochettino was in a good mood after his team's win on Sunday. Credit: PA

Mauricio Pochettino has joked that Harry Kane should take his team-mates out for dinner after he reached 30 goals in all competitions for the season,

Kane is enjoying an extraordinary breakthrough campaign and while his manager has congratulated the England youngster for his flurry of goals, he made sure to praise Kane's team-mates as well.

Speaking to the BBC after yesterday's victory over Newcastle, he said:

Congratulations to him because he deserves this moment.

I think he needs to pay for a dinner this week for his team-mates. The team work a lot and try to help him score.

– Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino

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