Mauricio Pochettino says that his Tottenham players must still believe that they can win the Premier League title.
Spurs could have trimmed the deficit at the summit to just two points, but a 1-1 draw against Liverpool means Claudio Ranieri’s side could end the weekend seven points clear with only half a dozen games remaining.
Tottenham were on course to leave with nothing, having fallen behind to Philippe Coutinho’s 51st-minute opener, before Harry Kane levelled by holding off Dejan Lovren and firing in his club-record 22nd Premier League goal of the campaign.
And while the visitors’ resilience was pleasing for Pochettino, he conceded the result left him slightly deflated in a potentially pivotal weekend in the title chase.
“After the game of course (I’m) disappointed because I think we dropped two points,” Pochettino said.
“But playing Liverpool at Anfield is never easy. We need to feel proud of our players. We showed character. In the first half they have chances, us too. In the second half we started better and conceded a goal. The way we fight and how we finish the game, we need to feel proud of the effort and character we showed.”
Pochettino plans to watch Southampton visit to the midlands on Sunday afternoon and will be keeping his fingers crossed that his old club can do Tottenham a favour.
Asked how he views the title race now, Pochettino said:
“We have six games ahead and we need to believe. In football all can happen.
“It was difficult to come here and try and win the three points but we were calm and we believe in our quality.
“We feel a little bit disappointed for dropping two points but we need belief and be ready for the next game which will be a tough game against Manchester United.”