Pochettino talks down Tottenham title talk
Delighted Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino spoke with a sense of vindication after seeing his side continue their 12-game Premier League unbeaten streak, moving within two points of the top four, with a 4-1 win over West Ham yesterday.
Two goals from Harry Kane and one each from Toby Alderweireld and Kyle Walker helped extend Spurs' unbeaten run to 12 league matches, which equals a club record. Manuel Lanzini scored a late consolation for the Hammers.
Pochettino described the victory as "one of the best performances of the season" but played down talk of a title challenge, saying it is "too early", and that his side still need to improve.
"For us to try to win the title, we need more, step by step," he said. "In football we cannot stop, ever. There is always something to improve in football, to try to play much better in the next game. We need to keep working hard and keep our feet on the ground."
Spurs' development, and the players' faith in the manager, gave Pochettino belief that they would continue to improve. "You saw how the players believe in the way that we play. We share the same philosophy, the squad is convinced that the way that we play is the best. This is why we feel very proud of them.
"We always look forward and want to score," he said, "like in the last 10 minutes, at 3-0. In football, I like to look forward, try to play and score goals."
Pochettino said that Dele Alli "needs to be calm" and "needs to improve" after the 19-year-old picked up a needless booking that will keep him out of next Sunday's game with Chelsea.