Tottenham Hotspur moved up to second in the Premier League yesterday, albeit potentially temporarily, with Man City given the chance to reclaim the spot today.
Spurs have now won three Premier League games in a row, and that is also three Premier League games without star man Harry Kane.
Many though Tottenham would crumble in the absence of Kane, especially when Alli also picked up an injury and Heung Min Son jetted off to compete in the Asia Cup.
However, bit by bit Spurs have managed to scrape through their games, picking up three points despite not playing at their best.
They have now managed to haul themselves into title contention once more, sitting just four points behind the League leaders Liverpool.
Tottenham also still have to play both Liverpool and City away from home, so they could have a significant say in the title race, as well as a good chance to put their name up there.
Steve Bates of The Sunday People said: “They found a way to win. People – and our profession is probably at the forefront – said that there is no way Tottenham could remain competitive without Harry Kane for a number of weeks or Dele Alli, but they are.
“They went into second place yesterday [which is] a significant statement in my opinion – even though it could be temporary and they could fall behind again today if Liverpool and Manchester City win.
“Nonetheless they will have a say in the title race because three of their remaining games are away at Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.
“So they’re going to have a significant say in the title race. Whether that is them actually making their own statement and putting pressure on Liverpool in the final run-in, or merely to have results against those teams, we don’t yet know.
“I think Pochettino has come through a very difficult spell and he’s felt the need to justify his role at the club and his strategy.
“But yesterday, although it was probably one of their lesser performances, they still found that way to win.”
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