Tuesday 21 November 2017

Pochettino: We can't be distracted by table

Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham must not be distracted by the Premier League table as they pursue their first title in more than half a century.

Spurs last won the league in 1961, but the north London club remain just five points adrift of surprise leaders Leicester following a convincing 3-0 victory at Norwich on Tuesday night.

Dele Alli opened the scoring in the second minute at Carrow Road before Harry Kane doubled Tottenham's advantage from the penalty spot on the half-hour mark. Kane then scored his second of the night in injury time to complete a fine victory for Pochettino's men.

It marked Tottenham's fifth victory in as many matches across league and cup, and saw them leapfrog rivals Arsenal into third place after the Gunners played out a goalless draw against Southampton.

"The gap with Leicester is five points and a lot can happen in football but our next game is against Watford and we need to keep this mentality," Pochettino said.

"We cannot be distracted by the table. It is important for the supporters, but for us it is important to arrive in the last few games with the possibility to fight for big things.

"But for now we have a way ahead of us - and a lot of games - and we need to be focused every day, improve in every training session, and try to win every game."

Kane took his tally for the season to 15 goals after scoring from the spot and converting when one-on-one with Norwich goalkeeper Declan Rudd late in the game.

While the England international remains fit and scoring, Pochettino's decision not to buy a striker during the transfer window will be vindicated.

"I am very happy with the squad we have," Pochettino added.

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