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5th Mar, 2017 | 9:55pm

Koeman delivers Tottenham verdict after Sunday defeat

By Harvey Byrne

Ronald Koeman has hailed Tottenham as a “really strong” team after the north London club proved too strong for his Everton side on Sunday afternoon.

Spurs ran out a 3-2 win at White Hart Lane with a Harry Kane double alongside a Dele Alli strike cancelling out late efforts from Romelu Lukaku and Enner Valencia.

The victory has moved Mauricio Pochettino’s team within seven points of league leaders Chelsea, who will play their game in hand against West Ham on Monday evening.

Koeman has shared that he feels Tottenham won’t win the league due to the Blues’ strength, but he does believe Spurs are up there with the best.

“I think Tottenham are really strong. It’s a difficult system to play against – Chelsea are playing out of the same system,” said Koeman as quoted by the Daily Star.

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“It will be very difficult with the distance in points. I think Chelsea are too strong for the rest.

“It was emotional until the last second.

“We started really well and made it tough for Tottenham to create space between the lines. But our mistakes were punished.

“At least we showed good character. We had a good reaction but overall Tottenham were the stronger team.

“Tottenham have two or three years in a row with the same players, it’s all about time which is what we need to have. If we get the time to improve, that’s the next step for the club.”

Everton’s defeat on Sunday means they now lie 12 points and five places behind second placed Tottenham.

The current standings are a clear sign of the progression the London club have made in the past few years as they were often competing with the likes of the Toffees in the ‘best of the rest’ table.

Tottenham will now be looking to push further and claim their first league title since 1961 in the not too distant future.

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