Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that the gap that has developed between his side and league leaders Manchester City mean the Lilywhites’ title aspirations are effectively dead.
Spurs had to come from behind to snatch a 1-1 draw against a managerless West Brom side on Saturday, with Harry Kane netting his ninth league goal of the season to cancel out Salomon Rondon’s fourth minute opener.
The single point from the draw leaves Tottenham in fourth place in the top flight table, five points behind second place Manchester United, who they were level on points with prior to last week’s clash against Arsenal, which ended in a 2-0 defeat.
However the gap to Manchester City is 10 points, and could be extended if Pep Guardiola’s side pick up anything away at Huddersfield on Sunday, in what is their game in hand.
As a result of the gulf between the two sides, Pochettino says that his side are already out of the title race, and that they need to find more consistency at their temporary home of Wembley, where they have drawn to the likes of Burnley and Swansea this season.
Asked if the gap between Spurs and City was too big to make up across the season, he was quoted by the Telegraph as saying: “Yes, it’s true now that the gap is 10 points and it’s massive in the Premier League.
“We need to be focused and try to improve ourselves and be more consistent at Wembley, and try to win more games here like last season at White Hart Lane.
“It’s different to White Hart Lane, but that is our reality. We cannot escape from our reality. Our reality is playing here and waiting for our new stadium.”
Tottenham will look to close the gap to the table toppers when they take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday, while Manchester City have a home encounter with Southampton to navigate.
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