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Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham in good position for title challenge

Published 14/03/2016 | 04:36

Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham are two points off the Premier League summit
Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham are two points off the Premier League summit

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino says there are enough points to play for in the Barclays Premier League for his side's fans to believe they can win the title.

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Spurs moved two points behind leaders Leicester, who play Newcastle on Monday evening, with Harry Kane's two goals in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

Kane opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time and wrapped up the points early in the second half and w ith the visitors searching for a first title since 1961 the Argentinian is determined to remain positive.

He said: "We are in a good position but there's eight games and 24 points still to play for. It's a lot of points, still.

"We are in a good position but there's eight games and 24 points still to play for. It's a lot of points, still.

"We are in the race and this (win) has been important.

"Our supporters are right to dream and we need to dream, but keep working hard because that's the most important thing,"

Kane struck the crossbar in the third minute before forcing two saves out of Brad Guzan.

But Kane finally broke the deadlock when England team-mate Dele Alli's quickly taken free-kick played in the forward who fired past Guzan.

The same pair combined for the second as Alli broke free down the left and crossed for Kane, who made no mistake with the finish within three minutes of the restart.

There were a number of late chances from Villa, the best falling to Rudy Gestede whose effort smashed against the crossbar from close range and Joleon Lescott who screwed wide from two yards.

Villa boss Remi Garde acknowledged his rock-bottom team have many areas for improvement after slipping to a fifth straight loss.

"We don't have not enough consistency in our efforts," the Frenchman said.

"Football is about a lot of stuff - mentality, fitness, strategy, a lot of things. We have to improve in a lot of areas.

"This defeat is again hard to take, like every defeat. We conceded two goals at the worst possible time and that was down to a lack of communication and experience."

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