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Spurs 1-0 Newcastle: Kane fires Tottenham to UCL next term

10 May 2018

A promising Spurs campaign has tailed off in recent months, with Pochettino's men clinging on to their place in the Premier League's top four after crashing out of the FA Cup at the semi-final stage and the Champions League in the last 16.

HARRY KANE'S twenty-eighth Premier League goal of the season was enough to sink a dogged Newcastle United side and ensure Tottenham Hotspur will be staging Champions League football at their new stadium next season.

Mauricio Pochettino feels Tottenham have had an "amazing" season but acknowledges the need to do more to win silverware.

After seeing a ten-point lead over Chelsea whittled down to just two after one win in four league games, Spurs needed their talisman to again step up. That achievement is for all the team, the players who score goals, or defend or save goals, but the staff were fantastic and I want to say thank you to them because this achievement is part of them as well.

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That figure of 4% chance of a Newcastle win, is the smallest I think I have ever seen for any team, never mind just Newcastle, when it comes to their Super Computer model.

He said: "I am so proud of all my players".

The hosts had a slow start to the game but Eriksen nearly gave them the spark they needed with a great free-kick that nearly found the inside of the far post from the right-hand side, but Dubravka got across well to deny him.

Rafa Benitez has guided his side to a Premier League season next year already, however, the turn in results since they guaranteed their survival will have been concerning to the Spaniard.

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Newcastle have secured safety for themselves after being promoted at the end of last season, and that does seem to have affected the mentality of some of the players.

"Then next is to win a trophy". You can bet Pochettino will have brought that match up multiple times this week to everyone in his squad. We are not at a club that wins a lot in the last [few] years.

Champions League qualification rivals Chelsea will also play host, with their opponents coming in the form of relegation candidates Huddersfield Town, with both clubs needing the points for their respective ambitions.

Spurs had more to play for and would have fancied their chances of breaking Newcastle down on the big Wembley pitch, Christian Eriksen having an early shot blocked after the ball broke kindly for him in the area.

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"Yes, it'll be a wonderful stadium but you will need to make the new arena your house, such as [it] was with Wembley".

Spurs 1-0 Newcastle: Kane fires Tottenham to UCL next term