Pochettino: “Belief is fantastic” at title-chasing Tottenham

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Mauricio Pochettino praised his team following their 4-1 defeat of Sunderland on Saturday at White Hart Lane, as Spurs bounced back from a midweek defeat against Leicester City in impressive fashion.

Trailing Sunderland 1-0 five minutes before half time, Spurs were back level 21 second after going behind and never looked back.

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A double from Christian Eriksen, plus goals from Mousa Dembele and Harry Kane, did the damage with Spurs moving on to 39 points and closing the gap on Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester City above them.

“It was a good response to the Leicester defeat. I’m very pleased. We need to be patient,” Pochettino said. “We had a lot of shots on target – their goalkeeper was fantastic. I feel very pleased in the last few games. The belief is fantastic. We have a very good, strong squad – today was a good example.”

Tottenham are heavily tipped to finish in the top four this season, marking the first time they would have done so since the 2011-12 season.

Pochettino has fostered a positive environment at Tottenham with plenty of youngsters — led by the brilliant Dele Alli — flourishing.

Of course there will be speed bumps along the way and even though they lost to fellow top four team Leicester thanks to a late Robert Huth header on Wednesday, Spurs’ boss kept a level head following that defeat and knew his team had created plenty of chances but had an off-day in front of goal.

If Spurs, who have only lost three times in 22 outings this season, can keep the belief then this is the kind of season where they could challenge for the PL, not just a top four spot, in the final months of the campaign.