Mauricio Pochettino says that Tottenham’s 3-2 win over Everton during the weekend shows that the club are still capable of challenging with Chelsea for the Premier League title.
The result helped Tottenham close gap down to just seven points, although Chelsea play later on Monday night when they travel to West Ham United. Spurs were seen as realistic title contenders at the start of January, but they have fallen off the pace with some poor results in the away games. Draws against the likes of Sunderland and a recent defeat against Liverpool has left the club 10 points behind Chelsea.
In the past, Tottenham would have accepted the situation and would have this team before a top four finish, which would have provided them with Champions League football. A sign of the incredible progress made by the club is Pochettino refusing to give up on the league title after the win over Everton.
Harry Kane gave Tottenham a lead after 20 minutes. Just 16 minutes into the second half, he doubled this advantage. Even though Romelu Lukaku pulled one back for Everton in the 81st minute, Dele Alli made the game safe with an injury time goal. Everton scored another injury time goal through Enner Valencia, but there was little time to make a comeback.
“The most important thing is to show the belief on the pitch and today I think we showed that. More than talk and more than speak outside, it is better the team show their performance because I think (regarding) belief the answer is very easy.We need to be there, it’s not up to us of course, but it’s up to us to be ready if they fail. I think he [Kane] is fresh because he trains a lot. He makes a lot of double sessions and he is very professional,” said Pochettino.