Tottenham 'fought against everyone' last season, says Mauricio Pochettino

Kristopher Drake
April 16, 2017

The win pushed Tottenham to within four points of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table, with Chelsea set to visit Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Janssen, who has struggled to make an impact at White Hart Lane, scuffed his first attempt on goal but got another chance as the ball came back to him and the Dutchman fired past Boruc to put the icing on the cake of a 15th home league win.

(Barrington Coombs/PA via AP). Saturday April 15, 2017.

Tottenham lost out on the title to Leicester last season and Pochettino felt at the time the whole world wanted to "kill" his team because Leicester were the people's favourites.

Leicester was the undoubted pick of the neutrals as it fought off Tottenham's challenge to improbably collect the Premier League trophy last May.

'Four points is still a lot.

But Pochettino admits the pressure is now on the Blues. "Up front we could be better but our quality of play meant we had control".

"Then we spend time and energy on preparing ourselves to compete in the best way".

Leicester suffered a dispiriting warm-up for their decisive Champions League quarter-final clash as they squandered a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace.

And Pochettino has admitted that he would be thrilled to see Manchester United beat Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

All Tottenham can do is keep racking up the wins - Saturday's was the seventh in a row - and raising the goal-difference advantage over Chelsea in case it matters.

Even substitute Vincent Jansson managed to score his first goal from open play eight months into the misfiring striker's first Premier League campaign, wrapping up the victory in stoppage time.

It took just 16 minutes for the hosts to break the deadlock as Dembele opened the scoring with a shot from six yards out, after Christian Eriksen's corner landed at the midfielder's feet.

Tottenham has dispelled notions it is over-reliant on Harry Kane by continuing to thrive during the top-scorer's injury absence.

And Harry Kane reached 20 goals for a third successive season, scoring on his first start in nearly five weeks after recovering from an ankle injury.

"The only way to build that winning mentality is to always play in the same tempo, with the same focus during the 90 minutes", Pochettino said.

Manchester City kept pace to move into third place and remain seven points behind Spurs with a 3-0 win over Southampton. Captain Vincent Kompany headed in the opener in the 55th minute with his first goal in 20 injury-ravaged months before Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero scored. The Italian scored two minutes after replacing the concussed Billy Jones, who was carried from the pitch while being given oxygen.

But the Black Cats snatched a point at the death, reward for their second-half endeavour, thanks to substitute Borini while there was further drama at the finish as Hammers defender Sam Byram was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Craig Shakespeare made only two changes ahead of Tuesday's home second leg with Atletico Madrid, when Leicester will try to overturn a 1-0 deficit.

Premier League top scorer Romelu Lukaku struck Everton's third, taking his season tally to 24.

Sunderland are now nine points adrift of safety with six games remaining after Etienne Capoue's goal saw Swansea lose at Watford 1-0 while Hull were beaten 3-1 by Stoke.

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