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Pochettino hails Spurs ‘character’ after dramatic PSV victory

Spurs kept their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages of the Champions League alive after securing a dramatic 2-1 victory over PSV Eindhoven at Wembley tonight.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side got off to the worst possible start when they fell behind to a Luuk De Jong header after just two minutes.

Spurs peppered the Dutch sides goal as they tried to get back into the game, but PSV ‘keeper Jeroen Zoet was in inspired form and as the game headed into it’s final stages the home sides chances of qualifying out of Group B seemed over.

However, as is so often the case, Spurs talisman Harry Kane stepped up to the plate, striking in the 78th  minute with a left-footed finish before sealing the win in the last minute by heading home from close range.

Speaking after the game Argentine coach Pochettino hailed the character his side showed in securing their much needed last gasp victory.

“It was a tough game. We played very good and created a lot of chances. We took a risk in the second half,” Pochettino told BT Sport.

“The team deserved the victory. We won and suffered a lot. It was a massive effort so I was pleased. We play a lot in eight days. Now we need to try to recover for Saturday [at Crystal Palace].

“It is another must-win game. We are confident. This team is growing up. The team is fighting so I am so happy.

“We tried to fight. We have the character of never giving up which is so important. I am happy always with the situation. Today we kept pushing and that victory is so important.”

Spurs remain in third place in Group B however after tonight’s victory and will have to beat second place Inter Milan at Wembley at the end of the month – even if Pochettino’s men win against the Serie A side they will more than likely have to secure a result away to the mighty Barcelona in their final game to have any chance of progressing to the knock out stages.

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