By Dominic Toner

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes that Atletico Madrid are a great example of success.

Spurs are set to challenge for the title this season and are currently fifth in the table, with the top five separated by just a single point.

The north London club mounted a serious challenge last season and were in real contention for their first Premier League title, but were beaten by underdogs Leicester.

Spurs manager Pochettino has highlighted the success of Atletico in Spain and believes the fans play a huge role.

Atletico have emerged as serious contenders alongside heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid, winning the La Liga title in the 2013-14 season.

Pochettino has hailed the work of manager Diego Simeone and feels the Spurs supporters are buying into his philosophy,

“What Diego Simeone is doing and achieving with Atlético Madrid is a fantastic example,” Pochettino told UEFA’s website. “I think the fans are an essential factor in all this, they should always give the team that something extra at key moments which enables the team to find the energy they need when the going gets tough.

“Here at White Hart Lane, I believe that over the last couple of years the fans and club members have understood what we’re trying to do, our philosophy and the changes we’ve made. I think they, more than anyone, recognise the hard work that is being put in.”

Pochettino has become a firm favourite at White Hart Lane since his appointment and moulded the Spurs side to meet his style

The former Southampton boss is well known for his attacking and hard working philosophy, with his current team pressing high up the pitch.

Spurs are currently the only unbeaten side still in the Premier League and have proven strong in defence, conceding just four goals in their opening nine league games.

They travel to Anfield on Tuesday night as they face Liverpool in the EFL Cup fourth-round.

In other Tottenham news, the club’s supporters have reacted on Twitter as a former duo are named on the Ballon d’Or shortlist.