Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham are in the title chase


Confidence may have grown among Tottenham fans that they can catch Chelsea after this weekend, but captain Hugo Lloris insists the primary focus is still on ensuring Spurs secure a top-four finish. "When you reduce the gap to seven, it's completely different to 10". We must keep going in that way and it's also accurate the Premier League is demanding to play in, and also to win every match and compete.

"Honestly, it doesn't change my mind or the minds of my team-mates", the Frenchman said of the title race. We are fighting for the Premier League. It's a key moment of the season, ' the Frenchman added.

"We talked a lot about last season", he said.

"It was important for us to be there if Chelsea failed - and we are there". It's a good feeling because it means even if Chelsea are a big team with big players, it's not done.

They require 21 points to be certain of lifting the trophy, but Antonio Conte acknowledged it is far too soon to start planning any celebrations. Belief is the most important thing in football.

The Spurs boss confirmed a huge injury blow with the news that Harry Winks is unlikely to play again this season after suffering an ankle injury during Saturday's win at Burnley.

"We wish it is not a big issue and we hope it's not a big problem for the future for him".

Pochettino also gave reporters the latest on Harry Kane with the striker continuing to do light individual training as he looks to recover from an ankle injury, with a possible return date later this month. We showed great maturity in our performance in the second half because we stayed calm, even with the first-half incidents.

"We will keep to our philosophy and if we assess the season it is fantastic, very good", he said. Away from home however Mark Hughes' men have been disappointing recently, failing to score in any of their last three games including that nightmare match at White Hart Lane where they were 4-0 down before the interval. Burnley are very respected in the league. The games in between we've got the points on the board. Sean Dyche prefers a compact but lightning quick team for occasions like this, one that will attempt to exploit any overconfidence Spurs bring with them on Saturday. "It's a massive three points for us and we have to still believe and fight for the title".

Dier and his teammates are now just seven points off the top of the table from Chelsea, because the Blues shockingly lost at home to Crystal Palace today.

Tottenham came from a goal down to win 2-1 when these teams met earlier in the season.



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