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Saturday 25 March 2017

Pochettino relishing Chelsea tie

Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur have improved on last season's Premier League title push but the searing pace being set at the top by Chelsea means defeat in tomorrow night's clash with their London rivals could consign them to also-rans with half the season remaining.

Mauricio Pochettino's side bagged a fourth consecutive victory on Sunday, launching the New Year with a 4-1 victory at Watford with Harry Kane and Dele Alli scoring two apiece.

It left Tottenham on 39 points from 19 games with 37 goals scored and 14 conceded and only two defeats, none at home.

"Chelsea are in an unbelievable situation," said Pochettino, whose side's title hopes were extinguished in May when Chelsea recovered from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in a stormy encounter at Stamford Bridge.

"It's going to be tough for both teams but we play at White Hart Lane and need to be aggressive. We will be very confident and will try to show we are better then them."

Kane said Tottenham could not be in a better mood ahead of the Chelsea game.

"We're excited, it's a massive game," Kane said. "It will be a great atmosphere.

"We have to be focussed and make sure we put in a good performance. We have reached halfway and are in good shape."

Tottenham lost 2-1 at Chelsea in November, having led until just before halftime and Kane said that performance will give them the confidence that they can halt Chelsea's surge.

"We know we can beat them," he said.

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