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'Massive achievement'

Players react to Newcastle win and Champions League return

10 May 2018|Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko spoke of the shared pride of the team after we secured a top four finish on Wednesday night.

Our 1-0 win over Moussa’s former club Newcastle United, coupled with Huddersfield Town’s draw at Chelsea, saw us get over the line and mathematically ensure a third consecutive season of Champions League football.

Harry was on target once more, curling into the top corner five minutes into the second half as we got the job done at our temporary home of Wembley Stadium.

Here’s what the players had to say afterwards…

Harry Kane

Emotions after the win 
“It feels great, amazing. It's been a long, tough season. Playing here at Wembley has been different but it's been a good journey, a good experience. We're delighted to finish it off with Champions League football.”

On his goal 
“I played it to Sonny, he wriggled his way through, played it back and I managed to finesse it into the top corner. It just floated in there. It was an important goal, great to see it go in and after that we defended well and held on for a massive three points.”

On the goings-on elsewhere in the Premier League 
“We knew at half-time that Chelsea were losing and that it was a big opportunity for us. Even before the game we knew Huddersfield were playing for a lot, trying to stay in the Premier League, so we knew if we could win it would be massive. Thankfully, Huddersfield got that point and now we can relax. It was massive at the final whistle. As I said, it’s been a long, tough season. I'm very proud of the players, the squad, the staff. As I said, it's been tough but I'm delighted we've finished it off well.”

It’s not easy playing 38 games away from your usual home and Wembley is a place that whenever teams come here it’s like a cup final and we’ve had to deal with that.

Harry Kane

Harry Kane celebrating

On three consecutive seasons of Champions League football 
“It’s the first time the Club has done that and it’s a massive achievement. People talk about winning trophies and of course we want to do that, but it’s important we establish ourselves in Champions League football and we’ve done that in a season where not many people expected us to. A lot of people doubted early on, especially with Wembley, so to get around that and prove people wrong feels good. It’s going to be amazing, Champions League nights in our new stadium. They are always special anyway. I can’t wait for that, I’m really looking forward to it!”


On the final game against Leicester 
“It would be great to get to 30 goals in the Premier League. That would be a nice number. We’ll see what happens. The pressure is off a bit so hopefully we can go out there and try to score some goals.”

Moussa Sissoko

On facing his former club 
“I’m very happy and very proud, first because we are in the Champions League next season and then to play against my old team. It’s always special and I wanted to win. This game is important for the team but also for me, so I’m very proud.”


On finding a way to score 
“We knew it was an important game but that it was going to be tough, we tried to play our game but it wasn’t easy. We said the most important thing was to give everything and win and that’s what we did on the pitch. At the end we’ve got the three points so we’re all happy.”

On qualifying for the Champions League again 
“We are all thrilled because in this league it’s very tough, so to be in the Champions League three years in a row is a massive thing for the club. We try every year to grow and develop. That’s what we’re doing so it’s positive.”