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Pochettino backing his players to make history in Madrid

Totteham Hotspur 2-2 Everton

Firmly focused: Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino
Firmly focused: Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino

By Jonathan Veal

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has told his side they must "write history" as their attention now turns to the Champions League final next month.

Spurs signed off their domestic campaign by drawing 2-2 with Everton, booking a fourth successive top-four finish in the Premier League.

Christian Eriksen's free kick earned Spurs a point Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun overturned Eric Dier's early opener.

With the biggest game in European club football against Liverpool to come on June 1, Pochettino can sniff the glory.

"I think we can make history," he said. "We are creating history because we are making it, but if we can win we will write history and change the perception of this amazing club.

"Of course the club and the fans and we all deserve to be focused on the way and how we can win the final."

Although they missed out on a fourth top three spot in a row, Pochettino ranks this campaign, regardless of what happens in Madrid, as the best of his five years in charge. "Four top-four finishes, four Champions League qualifications and the cherry on the cake will be the Champions League final," he added.

"This group of players deserve so much credit. They have put so much unbelievable effort in.

"The players and staff have shown so much character. We broke down all the doors when the circumstances were against us with the new stadium stuff.

"So to see their capacity to fight again makes me so proud. I think this is our best season in our five years."

Everton boss Marco Silva's goal is to try and crack the top six's dominance and their late season form suggests they could be closer next term.

Much will depend on their ability to keep their best players, with defender Kurt Zouma and midfielder Andre Gomes both ending their loan spells.

Silva said: "One of the keys for us and for our fans is to keep the level we have.

"The starting point for us will be to keep the same level we have because just in this way we can improve.

"Keep the level and attack the market in the key positions which we should attack should improve our squad."

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