Harry Kane: Finishing top four Mauricio Pochettino's biggest achievement at Tottenham
LONDON -- Tottenham talisman Harry Kane has said finishing in the top four this season is the club's biggest achievement under manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Kane's winner against Newcastle on Wednesday, his 28th league goal of the season, ensured Spurs will play Champions League football for the third season running and finish as the top club in London for the first time in 23 years.
In the previous two campaigns, the Londoners have challenged for the league title but they are currently 23 points shy of champions Manchester City with one game to play.
Regardless, Kane believes this season's top-four finish has been a bigger achievement than in previous seasons because Spurs have spent the year at temporary home Wembley Stadium, while their new 61,500-capacity home is being built.
"I think so, I think it is," said Kane, when asked if this was the current team's greatest feat.
"I think some people underestimate how tough it has been at times -- 38 games away from home in the Premier League, really, and in a competitive league. That's tough.
"It's not easy when teams come here. It's a big game for them, big stadium for them. We've had to deal with that, deal with the pressure of that. We're delighted to finish it off and take the pressure off for the weekend.
"Especially with the top six, everyone is fighting for a Champions League spot. I'm very proud of the team, we've worked hard to do it. It feels really good.
"We progressed well from the first season, it gave us a lot of confidence this year the way we topped the group with the teams we played. Even the Juventus game [in the Champions League round of 16] we didn't go through but we felt like we could have done on another day.
"It's massive, we want to be playing Champions League football every year, especially for us for Spurs it is important we do that."
As well as finishing their new stadium, which is due to be ready in September, Spurs face a crucial summer in the transfer market with question marks over the future of key players Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele and a thin squad in need of strengthening.
Kane hopes another season in the Champions League can help the club to attract quality additions this summer, as well as keep hold of the best players.
"One-hundred percent, it is the big attraction. It is what everyone wants, especially the top players around the world," Kane said. "It's massive. For us. It is important with the new stadium. You want to be playing Champions League football and I can't wait for those Champions League nights at the new home.
"You never know in football. In transfer windows, you can never put your finger on it. But it is a big attraction, a massive new stadium, a great team. The next step is winning stuff but this is a big year for us, hopefully we can have a massive year next year and win some trophies."
Kane's winner against Newcastle was his fourth goal in seven starts since returning from an ankle injury and he could yet pip Mohamed Salah to the Golden Boot if he scores four times against Leicester on the final day -- just as he did in the penultimate game of last season.
But he has not looked his usual self since the injury and the England forward, who will be part of Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad this summer, admits he is feeling fatigued.
"It has been a long season and a tough season so there will always be little niggles around the body and aches and pains. That's part of it. Even when you're injured you're still working hard and trying to get fit," Kane said.
"I'm at the stage where everyone is at, tired, but we have plenty of time to prepare for Sunday, then plenty of time to prepare for the World Cup."
Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.