Pochettino ready for Arsenal clash after Champions League drama
Ahead of Sunday’s north London derby, Christian Eriksen hits late winner against Inter Milan as Spurs keep European dream alive
29 November, 2018 — By Dan Carrier
Mauricio Pochettino: ‘Now it is on to Arsenal, another massive game for us, and one that is as big as any there is’
SPURS kept alive their hopes of getting out of their Champions League group last night (Wednesday) by beating Inter Milan 1-0 at Wembley.
A late Christian Eriksen goal was enough to seal the points and Spurs will now head to rivals Arsenal for a Premier League showdown at the weekend bubbling with confidence.
Speaking after the game, manager Mauricio Pochettino said: “Now we have to focus on Sunday and the derby against Arsenal. We can’t stop.
“I am happy because after the international break we have played Chelsea, then Milan, and both were massive games and we have done well.”
On the back of beating Chelsea at the weekend and now seeing off Inter, Spurs are in good form to meet Unai Emery’s Arsenal team who themselves are unbeaten in 17.
Sunday’s match at the Emirates Stadium will be the first Premier League clash between two managers who know each other from their previous positions in Spain.
Pochettino added: “Now it is on to Arsenal, another massive game for us, and one that is as big as any there is. It is tough.”
Spurs had to win last night to have any hope of progressing, and with Inter aware a draw would suffice to see them through, the onus was on Tottenham to take the game to their opponents.
Harry Winks hit the bar on 36 minutes with Spurs threatening but not getting the crucial breakthrough. Inter were excellent at keeping their shape and making themselves hard to break down.
In the second half, Jan Vertonghen connected with substitute Eriksen’s free-kick but saw his goal-bound header deflected narrowly past the post.
With just 10 minutes remaining, Eriksen struck the dramatic winner.
Moussa Sissoko drove forward down the right and sheer effort got him into the danger zone. He found Dele Alli, who drew the defenders and then laid it on for Eriksen to fire home.
Spurs are even on points with Inter but above them because of their head-to-head results. It means they will have to match what Inter do at PSV Eindhoven when they play Barcelona at the Nou Camp on December 11 to proceed into the knockout stages.