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GETTY Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino defended his players

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino defended his players

It looks like Arsene Wenger's hopes of finishing in the top four have been shattered after their 1-0 defeat to Spurs on Saturday in the North London derby at Wembley. "It's a very disappointing result because the priority is to be in the Champions League". We are so proud he is in our side", Pochettino said when an interviewer asked about Kane's "proper old-fashioned" center forward's header."In the second half we found space and created problems.

Tottenham Hotspur are not just trying to work their way back into the top four after a recent lull in form sent them tumbling out of it, they're also trying to regain some damaged pride after losing to Arsenal earlier this season. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere came closest to levelling the scores on 67 minutes, curling an effort towards goal that Hugo Lloris kept out well.

Arsenal's players shouted for a push on Koscielny; so did their manager Arsene Wenger, but the appeals smacked of desperation.

Tottenham have taken seven points from a possible nine against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal and now face Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Pochettino's side could have made it two very soon after the opener, as Kane headed narrowly wide of goal from a pinpoint Kieran Trippier cross. "I had a few headers in the game so it was nice to see that one go in", Pochettico continued. They had chances at the end but it could have been a much bigger win."Harry Kane loves scoring against Arsenal". I think we had the capacity to push them and create many, many chances, but it was an incredible game and I'm very pleased. We missed opportunities on counter-attacks that are not missable at our level with the final ball.

Pochettino stopped short of hailing the 24-year-old as the best in the game today, but he did say that Harry Kane was among the "greatest strikers" in the world.

The Gunners are sixth after Kane bagged his seventh goal in seven Prem games against them.

"We can only look at ourselves at the goal, but I don't think we lack hunger in defence".

Spurs are certainly the best team in North London, but can they now beat one of the best teams on the continent?

'Now we have a massive game in the Champions League.

Arsenal's Europa League campaign gets back underway next week when they travel to Sweden for the first leg of their round-of-32 tie against Ostersunds.

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