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Pochettino hails ‘massive achievement’ as Spurs progress to Champions League last 16

Spurs claimed a famous draw against Barcelona tonight in the Nou Camp to secure their place in the last 16 of this seasons Champions League.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side got off to a nightmare start when an error from young full back Kyle Walker-Peters saw Ousmane Dembele open the scoring for the La Liga champions after just 7 minutes.

Spurs would be forced to ride their luck throughout against a Barca side that started without influential duo Lionel Messi and Luis Saurez.

However, a 85th minute equaliser from substitute Lucas Moura and Inter Milan’s inability to beat Group B whipping boys PSV Eindhoven at the San Siro sees Spurs progress to the knockout stages.

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Speaking after the game Pochettino lavished praise on his players and admitted qualifying for the last 16 is a massive achievement for the North London club.

“The players were fantastic. A massive effort. I am so happy for the fans. A massive massive achievement for the club.’’ Pochettino told BT Sport.

“I am so happy. We suffered because when we finished the game we did not know the result at Inter. It was two very difficult minutes but in the end of course we were so happy. It’s so important for the club.

“I always believed it was possible to win the game. We produced a lot of chances. But after we missed so many we thought maybe it was not our night. We fully deserved to go through with Barcelona. We were the best teams in a difficult group.”

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