Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier ruled out of Newcastle United clash

Rex Christensen
May 9, 2018

But they will have to do it without England global Dier, at least against Newcastle at Wembley on Wednesday night.

As it stands, Spurs need to win matches against the Magpies and Leicester City in order to guarantee qualification for next season's Champions League.

Pochettino said in a press conference: "For me it's like a marathon, to create a team capable of winning, to build a winning mentality is like a marathon". With two games left, to finish third I think is a massive success.

'You want to win every game but during 10 months of competition it is hard to keep the same level. At White Hart Lane we won 17 out of 19 games last season. We need to enjoy, be focused and try to win'. We were very confident.

"We moved to Wembley and there are a lot of fears because the Champions League wasn't great last season".

"I am sure disappointed of course if we don't achieve in the next few years a title - of course - but what we can not do is to forget from where we came".

"We are ambitious. Like in football, when you need patience to break down your opponent - we need that".

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Pochettino is facing a midfield crisis for Newcastle's visit to the national stadium on Wednesday, with Mousa Dembele and Harry Winks (both ankle) joined by Eric Dier (illness) on the sidelines.

"We don't know why it has happened yet, but we hope he will be available for the weekend and I believe he will be too".

A promising Spurs campaign has tailed away 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.

After the loss to West Brom, Pochettino will want his side to step up their game his mid-week and will want them to get the better of Rafa Benitez's side, who have now lost three back to back league games.

"But to find ourselves in the position to be third is an ideal situation for us".

"It's not a case of "we need to play like this, with two centre-backs or two strikers or two keepers".

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