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Sunday 4 December 2016

Spurs title belief after time in Son

Son Heung Min celebrates scoring the second goal for Tottenham with Kieran Trippier
Son Heung Min celebrates scoring the second goal for Tottenham with Kieran Trippier

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham can win the Premier League title but wants his players to stay grounded after their last-gasp win at Watford.

Spurs moved into third and above Manchester City, who play Leicester today, after Son Heung-min scored late on to snatch a 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road.

Watford defender Nathan Ake was sent off after Odion Ighalo had earlier cancelled out Erik Lamela’s opener but the Hornets hung on for the best part of half an hour before Son’s cute finish.

The result means Tottenham have managed three straight wins in the league but Pochettino insists his players must not get carried away by the table.

“Can we win the title? The numbers reflect that it is possible but the most important thing for us is to try to keep inside our thoughts, try to win every game and to keep working hard,” Pochettino said.

“We are very young, the youngest squad in the Premier League, and you need to show your strengths in all the league.

“But to speak about the title - it’s more important to keep working hard and showing maturity.”

Pochettino has been consistent in his selection and system but he deployed an unfamiliar 3-4-2-1 formation to combat Watford’s in-form Troy Deeney and Ighalo.

Eric Dier dropped into a back three and while he was unable to stop Ighalo scoring his 14th goal of the season, Pochettino was pleased with the tactical switch.

“We play with Eric like a holding midfielder but the way that they play, we found that they play a lot of long balls to make it dangerous for opponents,” Pochettino said.

The one disappointment for Spurs saw Mousa Dembele taken off before half-time.

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