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Mauricio proud of our progress in Champions League

Posted on 8 November 2017  - 05:00

Mauricio Pochettino described the team’s progress in the UEFA Champions League as a 'massive achievement'.

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Last season’s disappointments in the competition are well-documented as we finished third in the group stage and then bowed out in the last 32 of the Europa League.

This season has been a different story, with modern-day Club history being written.

Victories in our opening two matches against Borussia Dortmund and APOEL of Cyprus were followed by memorable performances against UCL holders and 12-times winners Real Madrid.

We announced ourselves on Europe’s top table with a statement display in the Bernabeu, taking the game to Los Blancos and drawing 1-1 in an end-to-end encounter that could have gone either way.

There was no doubting the result two weeks later in a glory, glory night at Wembley as Dele Alli’s double and Christian Eriksen secured a 3-1 win. That was Real Madrid’s first defeat in a UCL group match since 2012 and with Dortmund and APOEL drawing in both Matchday (MD) Three and Four, the three points guaranteed a place in the knockout phase.

Mauricio reflected: “The result against Real Madrid was so important because we’re in the next stage of the Champions League and that was our objective when we started the competition.

“That is a massive achievement for us with two games still to play.

“Last season was very disappointing to go out at the first stage of the Champions League and now it’s a big step up for the team.

“I feel proud about that and so happy for so many people, our Chairman, our fans, for the Club and for all the people who love Tottenham.”

We're back in UCL action with a trip to Dortmund in MD5 on Tuesday 21 November before concluding the group stage against APOEL at Wembley on Wednesday 6 December.