Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino keen to make European places

Manager Mauricio Pochettino of Spurs looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Tottenham
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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has demanded three wins from his side to secure European football for next season.

Spurs were beaten 1-0 by Manchester City at White Hart Lane last weekend and now sit in sixth, three points behind fifth-placed Liverpool with three games to play.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's trip to Stoke, Pochettino said: "This is our challenge now, to win the last three games we have left to get the nine points. Our (first) objective to reach the Champions League is difficult, but if not the Europa League is our target now.

"To be involved in the different competitions, Champions League or Europa League, would be good for Tottenham.

"We want to win the next game, then the next one. This is our objective. There is no need to explain too much.

"I think this is a good thing for the club to stay in the next European competition."

On conditions at the Britannia Stadium, the Argentinian added: "The wind there is not easy, because it is open at the corner. If the weather is going to be like it has been the last few days, it will be difficult to play at the Britannia.

"Stoke is a team with a very good organisation, very strong, they mix very well, they play very good along the grass and long ball.

"It is a very difficult team. You can see always when you analyse them, they can play in various ways. They have very good players, and have done very well this season."

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