Eric Dier out of Newcastle United clash with illness

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"I think I explained to you, it was never the idea to play in these [last] four seasons in the Champions League", he said.

"If you analyse all the context, I think it's an unbelievable season", Pochettino said. "We want more. We're ambitious". It's in our own hands and we need to die to try to achieve that.

"If we can not then we can not, that is different, and we need to analyse why".

"For me, it is like a marathon to create a team capable to win".

"It's not an explosive 100m, standing and stopping in nine seconds".

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"It's a long-term development and trying to....sometimes with ups and downs but always going up, and I think that is the progression of the club and the team". The Magpies have very little to play for but Spurs need a win to stay above Chelsea in the table and Pochettino is expected to go for the kill with his strongest set up in this game. It is an ideal situation.

Despite not challenging for the title - which they did for parts of the last two seasons - Pochettino has still described their campaign as "amazing".

But the Spurs boss said: "For me we have made incredible progression". "You need to compare everything (of the) season in context".

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. The team was complete, unbelievable with the fans, without the corner, remember, at White Hart Lane. We were playing fantastic football.

"After, you move to Wembley".

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"To play in the Champions League is the dream of everyone and for me, it's impossible not [to] give your best when it depends on you to win", the Spurs manager said.

Spurs will be without Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele, Serge Aurier and Harry Winks when they host Newcastle at Wembley on Wednesday, but Pochettino hopes Dier can return against Leicester on the final day.

"Last night he started with vomiting and fever and now it's normal that he needs a minimum of 48 hours to recover to be available again for training".

"The difference [with the Europa League] is massive", said Pochettino. I hope yes and I believe he can be available. The doctors are helping him.

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