And, although it still looks unlikely that they will win the Premier League this season because Chelsea remain seven points clear with eight games left, Spurs answered their critics last night.
Tottenham kept their title hopes alive with a dramatic win over relegation-threatened Swansea as Dele Alli, Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen struck late on at the Liberty Stadium.
"They are very organised, they have good players who can get goals out of nothing, so with a few important games coming up, it would be nice if they can get a few wins".
"We knew this was going to be a hard game because Burnley are tough opposition but it's true that we were professional and we fought for every challenge and that was key to winning the game".
"They can win or lose, but it's not putting pressure or stress on them", he said.
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If Spurs have any remote hopes of catching Chelsea, they must win in South Wales.
Over half of his 25 starts came in the Europa League and he had various loan spells, including a successful stay at Swansea in the 2014-15 season, to gain first-team experience. I don't remember, in the last four years, this type of semifinal.
Carroll is expected to start on Wednesday as Swansea play host to a title-chasing Tottenham, and Pochettino defended the decision to sell the 24-year-old. I think we're doing both. "Before [people said] that Tottenham will finish fifth or sixth".
A return of just one point from their previous three games had seen Swansea sink deeper into relegation trouble, one point and one place above the bottom three. Tottenham had looked nearly certain to score all evening, and eventually they broke through to get the goals their efforts deserved.
After the game, Pochettino was understandably proud of his troops, telling BBC Sport: "It is insane how the goals came in the last few minutes but we pushed and we created chances to win".
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"We were happy when Liverpool drew (against Bournemouth) in the last couple of minutes".
"We want to secure that Champions League spot as soon as possible - and then see what we can do".
"We feel it is more fair because we are playing at the same time, maybe one day we play before, then they play before".
"When we finished the game we checked our phone and said, 'Woah!' - but at half-time we were focused on us".
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