Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs can progress in Champions League after PSV win

Lucas Moura believes qualification for the Champions League knockout stages is still possible

The home faithful voiced their displeasure when Pochettino withdrew the lively Lucas just after the hour-mark, when the visitors were leading 1-0.

But captain Harry Kane breathed fresh life into his side's European campaign by equalising in the 78th minute and then seeing an 89th-minute header deflect off PSV substitute Trent Sainsbury and trickle over the line.

"I understand [the boos]", he said. I'm happy we are still alive.

"Look it's always hard to take decisions, of course the fans are disappointed".

The hosts dusted themselves down and the chances soon racked up for them to have turned the game around by the half-hour mark.

We have to be focused from the beginning, be aggressive, don't concede goals from corners.

"But I have nothing to say about the fans". If I was in the stands my reaction would be the same.

Both sides are struggling at the bottom of Group B, with just one point on the board at the halfway stage, leaving them five points behind second-place Inter Milan and eight behind Barcelona. Pochettino is looking at the situation positively though.

"Two games to play, if we are capable of beating Inter Milan we are going to be with them on seven points with one game to play", said Spurs boss Pochettino.

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Two late goals gave Spurs a comeback victory, meaning PSV can not qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

"The belief is still there, you know me, I am so optimistic". The next game against Inter Milan is a must win.

"If we are able to win tomorrow and have the possibility to go to the next stage maybe we can play in the Champions League in March in the new stadium".

"It is worse when there are American football games a few days before but we need to accept that and we can not complain".

"The team was fighting and made a big effort. In the end the team never gave up and we found our reward". Of course the manager has his expectations and so do the staff and I think they try to give us the main tools and then it is about our emotions, our feelings.

Pochettino reserved special praise for Harry Winks, saying: "He's played the last three games, 90 minutes".

"He had the experience of playing a good side - [Wolves] like to play and it was tough out there".

PSV are decent and have some players that can do damage.

Wembley's pitch has the markings of National Football League being played there (Pic: PA) Wembley hosts Spurs vs PSV tonight (Pic: REUTERS) "I saw pictures, I think it's better".

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