Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham’s 3-0 victory over Manchester United proves his players still believe they can win the Premier League title.
Leicester had beaten Sunderland earlier on Sunday to move 10 points clear before Spurs kicked off but Pochettino’s men held their nerve, thrashing United to reduce the gap back to seven.
Three goals in six minutes from Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela sealed the win at White Hart Lane and Tottenham must now hope the Foxes capitulate with six games left to play.
“I think it’s true we sent a message that we are there, waiting and fighting,” Pochettino said.
“If Leicester fail we need to stay there, it’s important. Seven points is a difficult gap to reduce but we need to believe.
“The performance and the result showed that this team believes.”
There was some concern over the fitness of Harry Kane, who appeared in discomfort when he hobbled off late on, but Pochettino said the Spurs forward was “okay” and suffering only from a dead leg.
Kane started the move that led to Alli’s first goal and Tottenham were relentless thereafter, Alderweireld heading home Lamela’s cross, before Lamela slotted in Danny Rose’s pass to put United out of sight.
Also not in view was Pochettino, who had momentarily left the pitch to go to the toilet and missed Lamela’s third.
“Did I miss the goal? Live, yes. I watched from the TV because I had just left the toilet in the manager’s room,” Pochettino said.
“I heard the crowd, I was quick to run to the changing room. I stayed calm in the moment because 3-0 and I watched the replay. It was a fantastic goal.”