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Tottenham's 4-2 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea at Wembley means the club's hopes of winning their first trophy under Mauricio Pochettino rest entirely on catching the Blues in the Premier League.

Their chances remain slim but Pochettino hit back at the suggestion his players lack a winning mentality.

"I have no doubt," Pochettino said. "It's important to have memory. The first season we arrived we got 35 players and we started to rebuild the team during the season. Not to arrive, sign 10 players, put out another 12.

"We have started to compete in the last two seasons. Last season we finished third, the best place in the Premier League for Tottenham, now we are second and fighting with the big sides with a different project.

"The mentality is fantastic - to win always. But when you compete with Chelsea, Man United, Man City, Liverpool - come on. The players deserve full credit and (you should) remove that idea because it's not true. They are winners. Another thing is to win titles, but they are winners."

Tottenham face an in-form Crystal Palace side at Selhurst Park tonight. Danny Rose is still recovering from a knee injury, meaning Ben Davies is likely to start at left-back.

Pochettino played Son Heung-min there against Chelsea and the South Korean's rash tackle conceded a penalty.

"Son played in a position where we tried to be more offensive, tried to stop them in different ways," Pochettino said. "The decision was to be more offensive, play in a way to win the game. Ben is okay. He needed to rest a little bit."

Meanwhile, Sunderland boss David Moyes is refusing to accept that relegation is inevitable as he prepares for a do-or-die derby trip to Middlesbrough.

The Black Cats head for Teesside tonight 12 points adrift of safety with only 18 left to play for, and knowing defeat could prove all but fatal.

However, Moyes, who celebrated his 54th birthday yesterday, remains convinced that, despite the odds being stacked heavily against them, they have a genuine chance of pulling off perhaps their greatest escape yet.

He said: "There's still a chance and while there's a chance we're going to try to take it. That chance comes at Middlesbrough.

"If we can take our chance there, we will have another chance against Bournemouth on Saturday. We're not stupid, but we are in there fighting."

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