Victory at Stoke signals Tottenham’s hunger for EPL title

Going into last night’s game, Kane and Vardy led the Premier League goalscoring chart for this season with 22 apiece, but it took the Tottenham striker just nine minutes to move ahead of his rival.

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said his team still have a chance of winning the title after their outstanding performance at the Britannia Stadium yesterday evening.

A second brace of the night was confirmed in the closing stages as Alli confidently steered home Eriksen’s cross to underline a strong message of intent from a Spurs side still very much in the title race.

“Stoke is a tough place to come and to win in the manner we did shows what sort of team we are”.

The Foxes need just three more wins to guarantee a first-ever Premier League title, and it’s a task they’re well capable of completing, as evidenced by the fact that they have won six of their last eight league fixtures. We created a lot of chances and it was probably one of our best performances all season. “We can’t do any more than that”. It is good for the competition that we are in behind to try and put pressure on Leicester.

Pochettino is delighted with what he saw from his men and told Sky Sports after the final whistle: “It was a great game and I’m very pleased with the performance”.

“But today for me we need to give the credit to the whole team because the collective effort, the mentality we showed and the way we played was fantastic…”

Spurs will wait for Leicester to face Swansea next Sunday before taking on West Brom at White Hart Lane next Monday, and Pochettino admits he is hoping for a similar situation.

And the visitors would look to Harry Kane and Dele Ali to provide all the firepower they needed.

“Maybe after training we are on lunchtime yes but it is not a rule”, Pochettino said.

The 20-year-old then endured the embarrassment of missing an open goal as he sent his angled shot against the post after rounding the Stoke keeper. “I think it is an exciting moment for the club”, the Argentinian added.

“At the start of the season my target was to get 10 starts but as the season progressed I changed that to 10 goals”.

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While Spurs’ focus may be on reeling in the leaders, Monday’s emphatic victory has all but confirmed they will be playing Champions League football next season.

Harry Kane after scoring Spurs&#39 first goal