Mauricio Pochettino assesses where Spurs stand in the title race


Tottenham are rarely talked about as title contenders this season despite going so close last term.

The Lilywhites are still in fifth after their 2-1 win over Burnley since Manchester City beat Arsenal by the same scoreline.

If you were to ask most Spurs fans, they would probably be pleased with a top four finish, but Mauricio Pochettino is still aiming high.

Chelsea are ten points ahead of his side, but he has told reporters that he still considers his side capable of closing them down with five months of the season still to play.

“Are Chelsea out of sight? No, it’s true that we have a 10-point gap with Chelsea,” he said.

“But in football anything can happen. There are lot of games to play. Not only because last season was a similar gap with Leicester, eight or nine points in that period.

“I think our position is good. Now we are winning games, keeping the gap now a little bit closer to second position.

“It is not tomorrow, not in a few weeks, that the Premier League finishes. I think it’s still a long way until the end of the season.”

Tottenham are doing remarkably well to still be in the top five having already had their ‘crisis’ of the season in October and November.

With Harry Kane back, and Toby Alderweireld intermittently ready to play again, though he missed yesterday’s game, Spurs are close to firing on all cylinders.


Their biggest test could therefore come on January 4, when they meet Chelsea at White Hart Lane.

It was the Blues who ended their unbeaten run, but Spurs have a much more favourable record against Antonio Conte’s men at home.

There’s no denying that Tottenham are outsiders for the title, but as Pochettino says, anything could happen over the next few weeks to put them right back in contention.

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