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Harry Kane has urged Tottenham to learn their lessons and look to the future after their fine season petered out into a third-place finish at Newcastle on Sunday.
Picking up the Premier League Golden Boot was scant consolation for 25-goal Kane, who described the 5-1 capitulation to the already-relegated Magpies as "probably the worst team performance I've ever been involved with."
However Kane, who was named in Roy Hodgson's provisional squad for Euro 2016 on Monday, said Spurs' poor finish should not be allowed to overshadow what has generally been an impressive campaign at White Hart Lane.
Spurs went into the game needing a point to effectively confirm finishing above north London rivals Arsenal for the first time since 1995, but their shattering loss, coupled with the Gunners' stroll against Aston Villa, cost them dear.
We've had a fantastic season but the last four weeks haven't been good enough. It's going to be hard for the fans but the bigger picture is we are going to be playing Champions League football next season.
It's nice to win it (the Golden Boot) but obviously it would have been better to win it in better circumstances. We feel like we've failed and it will leave a bad taste over the summer but at the start of the season we'd have taken it.
He might not have played for Arsenal this season, but on-loan goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has taken to Instagram to taunt Spurs after their 5-1 loss to Newcastle.
The defeat at St James Park and Arsenal's 4-0 win over Aston Villa meant the Gunners leapfrogged Spurs on the final day of the season to finish second.
Szczesny, who is currently on loan at Roma, filmed himself singing "It's happened again, it's happened again.."
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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino described his side's capitulation as his worst day in football management as they failed in their bid to finish above north London rivals Arsenal, which they have still not achieved since 1995.
The 5-1 loss at relegated side Newcastle was made all the worse by the Magpies scoring three after they had been reduced to 10 men, following Aleksandar Mitrovic's red card.
Such was the extent of Pochettino's plight he revealed he had been extended sympathy by Benitez, despite the final whistle bringing an end to the hosts' top-flight tenure.
It was strange - Newcastle are relegated but he felt sorry for me.
I think we showed that this wasn't a team that had played well through the whole season, and I think this was my worst day as a manager in England or Spain.
I feel very bad, because the worst thing is we showed we don't care about the position. We have shown in the last few weeks that what we need to improve for next season is our mental state. We can see the problem was that we are not ready to compete and we don't have enough quality to play with the ball.
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Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham's fate in the Champions League next season will depend on the signings they make this summer.
Spurs have already secured automatic qualification for Europe's premier competition but they will need a deeper squad, having rotated heavily during this year's Europa League.
Borussia Dortmund took full advantage of Tottenham's weakened line-up, winning 5-1 on aggregate in the last 16, as Pochettino's men threw everything into their challenge for the Barclays Premier League title.
To compete fully on both fronts next season, Pochettino believes Spurs will have to strengthen further in the transfer window.
"We need to improve our squad - this is very clear," Pochettino said.
"Me, our supporters, our players, our squad - we are all agreed that we need to improve. It's a different level to play in the Champions League.
"To play in the Champions League, the Premier League and the cups, it's important to have a very good balance. We need to improve our squad.
"Replicating this season again is our challenge. For that, we need to improve our squad, to reduce the gap. The Champions League demands a lot of energy, more than the Europa League."
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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino described meeting Sir Alex Ferguson this week as like a "dream come true" but insists the subject of Manchester United did not come up.
Pochettino met Ferguson at a restaurant in central London on Tuesday, sparking rumours the Argentinian may be a target to take over at Old Trafford.
Spurs ended the speculation on Thursday, however, by announcing Pochettino had signed a new five-year contract at White Hart Lane, extending his previous deal by two years until 2021.
For me, it was a dream come true.
When I was young, when I started my career as a manager, he was always my inspiration, my reference and when you can share two hours with a person who, for me, was the greatest manager in the world, the history of football, only you can enjoy.
It was difficult because I wanted to stop time but it was impossible. It was fantastic.
Did he ask about Manchester United? No. If you know Sir Alex Ferguson, he is a person we can all learn from because he has a fantastic history about football and about life.
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