Tottenham can still qualify for the knockout stage of the Champions League, according to Mauricio Pochettino, who believes that his team's 1-0 win over Internazionale has changed the dynamic of their group before the decisive encounter.
Christian Eriksen's winner in the 80th minute means the Spurs will travel to Barcelona on 11 December, knowing that a win will allow them to qualify for the knockout stages, regardless of Inter's performance against PSV Eindhoven .
"We are now in a situation that depends on us," Pochettino said after the victory. "If we can win in Barcelona, we can progress to the next stage. Of course, it's going to be very difficult. We must remain humble and try to improve ourselves.
"Everything is possible in football. We have a lot of respect for Barcelona. They are one of the best teams in Europe and have incredible players. It will be so difficult. But one thing we have is belief and faith that we can win.
"Of course, we have to show again an excellent level and compete at our best level. To arrive in Barcelona and compete, we will need fresh legs, a fresh mind and no injuries. We have to manage that and run the team. The requests are so difficult. Every three days it is so difficult to play games. "
Pochettino said he believed his team deserved the win. "We dominated and we created the best chances," he said. He also defended the match starting with Son Heung-min and striker Eriksen on the bench.
"One of the things I do not like about football is the rules. Maybe we should play more basketball and play football. But we can not play 13 players. If you watch the matches, we will play 12 games in 40 days. There are no players who can play in 12 years.
The most important thing is to try to avoid risks, to mix up the team, to give all players the feeling that they are important. But I would like to change this mentality in football to "Why play against each other?"