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Pochettino: League title a possibility

Tottenham have not been English champions since 1961 and, while their priority is a top-four finish to qualify for the Champions League, a title challenge is realistic this season.

A measure of Spurs' progress under coach Mauricio Pochettino was the sense of disappointment with a 1-1 draw against Everton in the Premier League at Goodison Park yesterday morning (Singapore time) .

Fourth-placed Spurs are six points adrift of leaders Arsenal, four off Leicester City and three behind third-placed Manchester City.

They have lost only twice in the league this season, boast the best defensive record and the joint-best goal difference.

When asked after the match about his team's title chances, Pochettino (picture above) said: "It is too early to speak about that. I think the way we are, all can happen.

"Normally, we have music in the dressing room. We did not after this game because we are disappointed. Maybe tomorrow we can feel proud we have a point, but now, we feel this is two points lost.

"This is good for the future and I'm really pleased because it shows we have a winning mentality."

- Wire Services.


WHAT OTHERS SAY

"It is time for Tottenham to fix their sights on winning the Premier League. In this extraordinary season, with Chelsea falling by the wayside, Manchester United weaker than ever, Manchester City inconsistent and even Arsenal prone to some awful performances, they have an opportunity which may not present itself again. The last time Tottenham challenged for the title was my final season at the club in 1986- 87... And we weren’t anywhere near as close to the top at this stage of the season (than this current team)."

- Former Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle (above)

“I think they are title contenders, they’ve got lots of young, enthusiastic players, fresh legs in midfield, they can chop and change that. They’ve got a fabulous goalkeeper.”

- Former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness (above)

“Spurs are massive outsiders for the title but anything other than top four challenge will be a real failure.”

- Former Man United and Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage (above)

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