Mauricio Pochettino spoke with pride after a 2-2 draw against Everton secured fourth place in the Premier League and Champions League football for the fourth-successive season.

Once again, the players had to dig deep. Without the likes of Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen, Harry Winks and Harry Kane through injury and Heung-Min Son suspended, we found ourselves 2-1 down with 15 minutes remaining.

A place in the top four was safe by then as we were level on points but still held a six-goal better goal difference over Arsenal, who were beating Burnley 2-1 at that time.

Needing a goal for a draw to finish above the Gunners, up stepped Christian Eriksen. Erik Lamela was upended on the edge of the box, right in Eriksen territory. The Dane curled pinpoint over Eric Dier in the defensive wall and beyond Jordan Pickford into the corner. That was the point and fourth place secured.

Mauricio Pochettino spoke with pride after a 2-2 draw against Everton secured fourth place in the Premier League and Champions League football for the fourth-successive season.

Once again, the players had to dig deep. Without the likes of Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen, Harry Winks and Harry Kane through injury and Heung-Min Son suspended, we found ourselves 2-1 down with 15 minutes remaining.

A place in the top four was safe by then as we were level on points but still held a six-goal better goal difference over Arsenal, who were beating Burnley 2-1 at that time.

Needing a goal for a draw to finish above the Gunners, up stepped Christian Eriksen. Erik Lamela was upended on the edge of the box, right in Eriksen territory. The Dane curled pinpoint over Eric Dier in the defensive wall and beyond Jordan Pickford into the corner. That was the point and fourth place secured.

Earlier, Dier lashed home his first goal in the new stadium and we led until a quickfire double from Theo Walcott (69 minutes) and Cenk Tosun (72) turned it around. Thankfully, Christian had the last word.

Earlier, Dier lashed home his first goal in the new stadium and we led until a quickfire double from Theo Walcott (69 minutes) and Cenk Tosun (72) turned it around. Thankfully, Christian had the last word.

“That showed the character of the team,” said Mauricio. “It was so difficult in the second half. Everton were a fresh team playing with freedom. We arrived in difficult circumstances after Wednesday (UCL semi-final win at Ajax). I feel so proud. We were very professional and I’m very happy with the team’s performance.

“Our ambition was unbelievable (from the start of the season) and the effort amazing today to achieve the top four. We are so happy.

“I want to congratulate the players – they are superheroes – the staff, the fans. I say ‘thank-you’ for their support.

“It has been an amazing season, so exciting and what we’ve achieved is amazing. To be in the top four four times in a row and in the final of the Champions League… what more can we do?

“It has been a tough season. People must remember that we were the Club with most players at the World Cup (semi-finals), no pre-season, started the season at Wembley, played a game at Milton Keynes – I can’t remember it all, I’ll start to cry!

“In all those circumstances, to achieve the top four, Champions League next season and to be in the (Champions League) final in three weeks, in the history of the Club, it’s one of the most beautiful seasons.”