"We want to beat Leicester's points total from last season," says Spurs boss Pochettino

By Ciaran McGrath in Football

THE season may be all but over - but Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has said he is still focusing on a win over Leicester City tonight which would ensure his side surpasses the points total which won the East Midlands outfit the title last season.

But he will be without several key players going into the clash, with right backs Kyle Walker (ankle) and Kieran Trippier (concussion) both out, and left back Danny Rose having undergone exploratory surgery on his left knee. In addition, Mousa Dembele is struggling with a persistent foot injury, while Erik Lamela has also had surgery on his hip.

Pochettino said: "If we are capable in the last two games of winning one, we will have a better (points total) than Leicester last season. Sometimes it’s about being more competitive in the season.

"For them it was the first time for all the players to share the Champions League, the Premier League and the cups. For us, it’s good because after two seasons we are one of the best teams but now is a moment next season to try to win again and try to fight.

"I think we are in a very good way. If we are consistent to push, push, push I think we will achieve what we want – that is to win trophies. That is important for us."

With the end of the league campaign in sight, the Argentine is already looking ahead to next season, with Dele Alli for one having said he believes the club is ready to go one better next season and win the title.

He explained: "Next season and during the summer we need to find a way to inspire [the players], to motivate them to push further in our performances and to find different ways to play. Then try to add more quality, maybe, if we are capable of finding this type of player that can help us for the next season to play better, to be better and try to compete better in different periods of the season."

As for this season, he admitted Sunday’s victory over Manchester United in the final game at White Hart Lane remained his stand-out moment.

"We’ve spent a lot of time at White Hart Lane, we waited until the end to go to the pitch and take some pictures with the families, with the chairman, with the board – I think it was a fantastic moment to share all together, first of all with our fans, our players and legends, and then with the people, the staff and the board on the pitch," he said.

"To finish in a very good way, happy for the new stadium to come, it’s all exciting. It was strange because in some ways it was a sad moment but when you see in the corner, the new stadium is coming, it’s exciting too."

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