Spurs up for title fight after Chelsea shock, says Pochettino

Posted April 03, 2017

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says his side "still believe" after cutting Chelsea's Premier League lead to seven points. "We are there fighting for the Premier League, to be as high as possible". What looked like a certain three points for the league leaders ended up in a 2-1 defeat. Things have been going very well for us this season the majority of the time, but it wasn't to be (today).

When the suggestion that Tottenham could overtake Chelsea was posed to Martin Keown, the former Arsenal man refused to buy into the hype.

"It's true, in the first half it was hard to play in the way we normally play but throughout the second half we dominated the game and created chances", he said.

At Turf Moor on Saturday they were without top scorer Kane and lost Vincent Wanyama and Harry Winks to first-half injuries, but still produced an accomplished display after the interval to become the first visiting top-flight side to win at Burnley since November.

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It was only a fourth league loss this season for Chelsea, and first since the 2-0 defeat at Tottenham on January 4.

A low cross from in-form youngster Dele Alli then saw South Korea global Son Heung-Min confirm all three points with his 15th goal of the season in all competitions.

Harry Winks was taken to hospital with suspected ankle ligament damage after a collision at the end of the first half.

"We kept playing. It was not a great team performance, but it was very serious, very concentrated".

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'Yes, we have to play on Wednesday against Manchester City and we all know the strength of this team.

After the game, Pochettino said Kane could be back "in a few weeks".

Leicester City's Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi (L) celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Stoke City at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on April 1, 2017.

The injuries forced Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino to change from a 3-4-2-1 formation to 4-2-3-1 at half-time, with Eric Dier moving into midfield, and the England global opened the scoring with a composed finish before sub Son Heung-Min sealed victory with a tap in. "He gave some advice and then the players made the difference on the pitch".

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