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Title still the spur, insists Poch


Tough test: Pochettino

Tough test: Pochettino

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Tough test: Pochettino

A second successive hard-fought goalless draw away from home in a week left Tottenham with their unbeaten Premier League record intact but the impression that their squad is not quite strong enough to mount a serious challenge in both the Premier League and the Champions League. Not until Harry Kane returns to the team at any rate.

Spurs were more impressive at the Vitality Stadium than they were away to Bayer Leverkusen in midweek.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted that they had started poorly because they had not been "fresh" only four days after their trip to Germany.

"The game was very competitive and very tough," Pochettino said. "Bournemouth pushed us a lot but we were not fresh from the beginning. Our start was very sloppy but after 15 minutes we started to manage the game. I'm very pleased after we played in the Champions League and before that in West Bromwich, two tough games, because the players made a very big effort.

"A lot of positive things but we missed the chance to be top of the table."

Two points against two of the league's also-rans, Pochettino admitted, was not title-winning form although Spurs are just one point off the pace in fifth.

"Yes, we are concerned. If we want to be a real contender, it's true, after two away games against West Bromwich and Bournemouth, you have to win at least one.

"But when you analyse the whole situation, and we have some injuries, I am happy."

Belfast Telegraph