Spurs achieved 'mission impossible', says Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino hailed Tottenham after a draw at Barcelona secured their place in the Champions League knockout stage.

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his team achieved what many labelled "mission impossible" by reaching the Champions League knockout stage.

Lucas Moura's 85th-minute goal saw Spurs claim a 1-1 draw at Barcelona in Group B on Tuesday.

The draw was enough to see the Premier League side finish second after Inter were held to a 1-1 draw at home to PSV.

Many questioned Spurs' chances after they lost their opening two games and drew at PSV, and Pochettino hailed his side's achievement.

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"I am so happy, so proud. I remember after Eindhoven nobody believed in us. They all said it was mission impossible, but we are here," he told a news conference.

"We are in the next stage and it is a massive achievement for the club. We are so happy for our fans that were here, happy for our fans in London and around the world.

"It's a massive boost for the club and to have the idea to play in the next stage next year in the new stadium is a massive motivation for us."

Ousmane Dembele's fine individual effort had given Barca the lead before Lucas' late equaliser.