Mauricio Pochettino has been asked for his opinion on whether Tottenham Hotspur can be considered as Premier League title contenders this season.
His side currently sit in third place in the table, having enjoyed their best ever start to a Premier League campaign yet still trail leaders Liverpool by nine points, with the Reds having played one game more than Spurs.
Pochettino in his usual calm manner has suggested that it is too early to consider whether Spurs can challenge for the trophy this season and instead threw the spotlight onto Liverpool and Manchester City.
Spurs are still competing on four fronts, outside of their current top four spot in the league find themselves still involved in the Champions League, Carabao Cup and have an upcoming FA Cup tie at Tranmere next month.
Tottenham must instead focus on getting all three points from tomorrow’s league counter against Everton if they are not only to keep the pressure on those above them, but also keep Chelsea and Arsenal at bay below.
He told BT Sport: “Today it’s impossible to guess if we are going to have a chance to fight for the title,” he said. “I think the most important is the belief and fight to compete in every single game and be there.
“It’s important to be there until the end. Today there is still a lot of games to play and it’s so early in the season. We are still involved in all the competitions.
“The circumstance, a lot of things can happen. It’s still early to talk about if we are a candidate or not.
“We are in a good position, a position to give us a chance to fight for the title.
“In the same way, we are involved in all competitions and it will be tough.
“It’s not an excuse, but we need to go step-by-step and believe in our way and try to do the best we can.
“Man City and Liverpool are at the top, Liverpool and Manchester City, don’t take me wrong.
“They are the two big candidates to win the league. We are behind with some gap. Then there are Chelsea, Arsenal, and United.
“Of course there is still a long way until the end of the season. It is normal for people to consider Liverpool and Man City the two big candidates to win the Premier League.”
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