Eriksen broke the deadlock in the second half before scoring direct from a free-kick which appeared to just evade Kane's head, preventing the Spurs striker from claiming a 36th goal of the season and moving four behind the Premier League's leading scorer Mohamed Salah. If they show me they deserve to play, they are going to play, ' Pochettino said.
Stoke sit three points adrift from safety - which effectively becomes four given their goal difference - but even a point against their more illustrious opponents would be regarded as acceptable with four winnable games still to come in their remaining five fixtures.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Pochettino said: "It was fantastic in the moment that we achieved the victory".
The two goal hero of the previous week's 3 - 1 win at Stamford Bridge rolled square to Eriksen who drilled into the corner. It's only that the players need to feel confident and feel that they can play for the team.More news: VSS Unity conducts first powered flight
"The key here is to be ready, to fight, to be prepared to match them and then understand that for us it is a same three points for us, to keep the gap between Chelsea and Arsenal", he finalised. Rotation sometimes is because of performances, sometimes it's to provide the team with fresh legs or for different reasons that we have in our ideas or our plan for the team.
Last week's hoodoo-ending win at Chelsea - their first at Stamford Bridge since 1990 - has put Spurs, who could start with Harry Kane after his quickfire recovery from an ankle injury, in pole position for another year in the Champions League.
Darren Moore successfully ended the eight-game losing streak bequeathed to him by West Brom predecessor Alan Pardew, but a 1-1 draw with Swansea appeared to represent another nail in the club's Premier League coffin.
"I think it will help not only on the football side but on the business side".
You've got to admire Alderweireld.