Tottenham are ready to win title – Pochettino

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Dom Le Roy

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham are ready to win the Premier League after they reduced the gap behind Chelsea back to nine points with victory over Middlesbrough.

Harry Kane’s second-half penalty snatched a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane to keep Spurs within touching distance of Chelsea, who had earlier stretched their advantage to 12 points by beating Arsenal 3-1.

It left little room for error for Pochettino’s men, who dominated Middlesbrough but still needed Kane’s spot-kick in the 63rd minute after Son Heung-min had been fouled by Espinosa Bernardo.

Tottenham, who have moved three points clear of Arsenal, are emerging as Chelsea’s most likely challengers and Pochettino insists they remain very much in the hunt.

“Nine points is okay, it’s three games, but it’s up to Chelsea now,” said Pochettino, who was overseeing his 100th Premier League game at Spurs.

“It’s up to us to keep pushing, to keep the pressure and to win games. That’s important for us and the Premier League too.

“We are second in the table. Okay, it’s good to put the standard higher. I am happy with that, to put the pressure on us.

“Yes, we are a real contender and we are a team ready to win a title. At that level it’s good pressure.”

Tottenham should have been more comfortable against a stubborn Boro side, with Kane, Son and Dele Alli all squandering chances to make the scoreline more emphatic.

Their wastefulness was almost punished late on when first Alvaro Negredo went close with an acrobatic volley before Marten de Roon fired wide of the far post.

“I’m always optimistic,” Pochettino said.

“When you have the chance to score and play well and dominate the game – we didn’t concede one shot on target.

“When you leave the game open at 1-0, always something can happen and you can concede. It’s true that in the last few minutes we were a little bit on the touchline and the pitch too.

“But I think we played much better and in the end deserved the three points. If they had scored, because it’s football okay, maybe we dropped two points, but we deserved the three points. You can say nothing about that.”

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  1. To be honest I don't think so there is a lacking of players willing to take on shots outside the penalty area they would sooner pass the ball to a team mate and the pass is always intercepted just that one pass to many,
    There has got to be a change of player taking corners to many are wasted, and the passing of the ball going back to the goalkeeper How many times do we see our goalkeeper put under pressure, his distribution of the ball is sertenly not one of his good points But one of the best shoppers in league today.
    Spurs have tried to buy a center forward to help or cover for Kane but certainly Two have not been able to cope with the fast English league, they sold one of the best forwards Spurs have had, and he is still scoring goals (to Old for Spurs young team) nevertheless a great player if given the ball.
    We may finish in top Four and hopefully in front of the Gonners and I will be very happy with that this season

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