Mauricio Pochettino praised Tottenham’s progress in Europe and encouraged supporters to “dream” of the Champions League final after Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Apoel Nicosia.
“It was so important and it is fantastic achievement and it is a thing to [give] pride to the team,” Pochettino said of Spurs’ tally of 16 points from a possible 18.
“But now it is a long way, still a long way. We need to wait until the end of February to play again, we need to see the draw and I hope that we keep that level and of course more motivation and everything, to play in the best competition in the world is massive.
“We are going to try to win every game and to try to go as far as we can. In football always you can dream and, why not? We can dream.”
Last season, Spurs beat only CSKA Moscow in the Champions League group stage but they have now done the double over Apoel and Borussia Dortmund and beaten Real Madrid at Wembley.
“It’s a massive change. We feel it’s completely different,” Pochettino continued. “Last season we were so disappointed about how we played, how difficult it was for us to compete in the Champions League.
“This season we’ve improved a lot. It’s true that we’ve expended a lot of energy in different games and maybe it’s affected us a little bit in the Premier League.
“Now we need to be focused on the Premier League and start to win games again. Of course from one season to another, I think it’s a massive step up for us.”
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