After the brilliant win over Manchester United, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has warned title-favourite Leicester City that Spurs are still on their tail.
White Hart Lane’s Argentine boss made it clear, his boys proved once again they are not at all throwing in the towel after goals from Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela kept alive Tottenham’s title dream.
After Claudio Ranieri’s team clinched a 2-0 win earlier in the day, the Spurs had to win against United to maintain the seven-point deficit.
Pochettino said after the match: “We sent a message that we are there, waiting and fighting. If they fail we need to stay there, it’s important.
“It’s true that seven points are a difficult gap to reduce, but we need to believe.
“And the performance like today, and the result like today, showed that this team believes.
“What happens in the end, we will see. But it is important to keep this mentality.
“I think we moved one step forward. It was an experience for this young squad to play with pressure and try to reduce the gap.”
The kick-off was delayed by 30 minutes because the United team bus was stuck in traffic and the hold-up looked to make Tottenham anxious.
But they netted three stunning goals in just six second-half minutes, starting in the 70th, to ease the anxiety around the ground.
“The performance was fantastic,” he added. “The first-half was difficult, I think 50-50.
“But in the second-half, we played much better. I feel very proud, full credit to our players, it was a fantastic performance and effort against a team that was difficult in history to beat.”
Referring to the fact that Tottenham had not beaten Manchester United at home since 2001 he further said: “After 15 years it was important for our fans to enjoy this type of game.
“Leicester showed big character and personality, with a good performance.
“They fully deserved the result. It was important for us to show after the Leicester game character, personality and maturity.”
He also admitted the delay could have hindered his boys.
“It’s true that it was difficult from the beginning of the game,” he said. “We missed a lot of easy passes.
“We arrived at 12.30 at the stadium, and spent a lot of time waiting for the start of the game.”
Leicester City are now closing in on one of the most historical achievements club football has ever seen; moving from apparent relegation certainties one year to Premier League champions in the next.
The Foxes at present hold a seven-point advantage over Tottenham with five rounds of matches to go, with Arsenal now as outsiders a further six points back.
Claudio Ranieri’s boys are now also assured of a place in the Champions League, 19 points ahead of Manchester United in fifth.
Stats say, Leicester will be the first team since Nottingham Forest in 1977-78 to clinch the league title for the first time, having only once before – in 1928-29 – finished as runners-up.