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Mauricio Pochettino fully focused on Tottenham’s Premier League title ambitions

The Argentinian has been heavily linked with the vacancy at Old Trafford following Jose Mourinho’s sacking last week

Mauricio Pochettino is focusing on pushing Tottenham into the title race (Nick Potts/PA)
Mauricio Pochettino is focusing on pushing Tottenham into the title race (Nick Potts/PA)

Mauricio Pochettino is focusing on getting Tottenham into a position to be title contenders and will not be distracted by speculation about Manchester United.

The Argentinian has been heavily linked with the vacancy at Old Trafford following Jose Mourinho’s sacking last week.

However, after a 6-2 thumping of Everton put them within six points of Premier League leaders Liverpool and two behind second-placed Manchester City, there is only one target on Pochettino’s mind.

“Talking about rumours, there are a lot of rumours,” he said

“This guy (Spurs’ press officer) became upset again or angry (by questions about United) but we cannot talk, we need to be focused on our jobs at Tottenham and do our best to try to be successful.

“I still believe Liverpool and Manchester City are the real contenders and favourites to win the Premier League. I think there is still a long way for me to say we are real contenders.

“If we are able to be consistent and play in the way we did last night I think yes, maybe, we could then be a real contender – but there is still a long way.

“Being involved in four competitions will be tough, but we are going to try.”

Pochettino was not helped by the loss of Dele Alli to a hamstring problem at half-time of the win at Goodison Park.

The midfielder was clattered by a visibly-frustrated Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford – who was at fault for Spurs’ opener – after the whistle when his England team-mate put the ball through his legs.

“I didn’t see. I am very curious to see the action, I think it wasn’t a great action,” he added.

“I don’t want to say anything because I didn’t see it. For some comment I think it was a tough action.

“We will see if he is injured. I think he is tired and it is a tight hamstring but we hope it is not a big issue.”

It was the only downside to an entertaining evening where Tottenham bounced back from going behind to Theo Walcott’s first league goal in four months as Harry Kane equalled a Premier League record held by Michael Owen by scoring twice in four successive matches against one opponent.

The excellent Son Heung-min also netted a brace with Christian Eriksen and Alli adding the others with Gylfi Sigurdsson briefly making it 4-2 just after half-time.

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