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Pochettino: Spurs still in title mix

Tottenham boss believes leaders Chelsea can be caught

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham can still catch Chelsea and win the English Premier League title.

Spurs edged out Burnley 2-1 at White Hart Lane on Sunday, but remain 10 points behind the league leaders, whose win over Crystal Palace on Saturday continued an astonishing 11-match winning run.

Tottenham now sit fifth, one point behind Arsenal, and Pochettino insists his side can still become champions in May.

"Are Chelsea out of sight? No, it's true that we have a 10-point gap with Chelsea," Pochettino said.

"But, in football, anything can happen. There are a lot of games to play.

"Not only because last season was a similar gap with Leicester, eight or nine points in that period. Our position is good.

"Now we are winning games, keeping the gap now a little bit closer to second position.

"It is not tomorrow, not in a few weeks, that the Premier League finishes.

"It's still a long way until the end of the season."

Tottenham endured a sticky period through October and November but they appeared to have turned a corner, having now won four out of their last five matches.

Danny Rose clinched all three points against Burnley with a superb second-half strike after Kyle Walker set up Dele Alli for the equaliser which cancelled out Ashley Barnes' opener.

DEADLY PARTNERSHIP

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris believes Rose and Walker can strike a deadly partnership for both Tottenham and England for many years to come.

The two fullbacks have either scored or assisted eight of Tottenham's 29 Premier League goals this season.

They have also contributed to the team's mean defence, which has conceded only 12 times in 17 games - the second-best total in the division.

"They can be important for Tottenham and for the England national team, too," Lloris said.

"They are still young. There are still some good players in front of them but, if they keep working hard, I would not be surprised if they had a great international career and they will help the club achieve great things as well.

"In the last two games, they were decisive for the team. It's a great feeling for them and for the team, too."

Spurs' victory, however, was not without controversy as substitute Moussa Sissoko escaped a red card, just moments before setting up Rose's winner.

Sissoko caught Burnley's Stephen Ward with a high tackle and Burnley manager Sean Dyche said referee Kevin Friend was too lenient in issuing only a yellow card.

"How they didn't get a man sent off is impossible. He then set up the goal," Dyche said.

"It is a decision which is so obviously a sending-off.

"You cannot go into a challenge blind, with your hands over your face and a high foot and then stay on the pitch."

Pochettino had not had time to see a replay of the challenge, but the Argentinian felt the right decision had been made.

"From my point of view, from the bench , it wasn't a red card, it was a yellow card," Pochettino said.

"But it's difficult because no time to see on the TV." - PA SPORT

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