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Pochettino urging Spurs to focus despite lofty position

By Staff Reporter

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham must not be distracted by the Premier League table as they pursue their first title in more than half a century.

Spurs last won the league in 1961, but the north London club remain just five points adrift of surprise leaders Leicester following a convincing 3-0 victory at Norwich on Tuesday.

Dele Alli opened the scoring in the second minute at Carrow Road before Harry Kane doubled Tottenham's advantage from the penalty spot on the half-hour mark. Kane then scored his second in injury time to complete a fine victory.

It marked Tottenham's fifth win in five matches across league and cup, and saw them leapfrog Arsenal into third.

"The gap with Leicester is five points and a lot can happen but our next game is against Watford and we need to keep this mentality," Pochettino (pictured) said. "We cannot be distracted by the table. It is important for the fans, but for us it is important to get to the last games with the possibility to fight for big things.

"We need to be focused, improve in every training session, and try to win every game."

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