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Tottenham can last the distance, warns Spurs boss Pochettino

By Tom Allnutt

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has warned Leicester his players are as fresh as they were at the start of the season and ready for a sprint finish to win the title.

Spurs are now eight points behind Leicester after the Foxes hammered Swansea 4-0 yesterday, but can close the gap back to five with a win at home to West Brom tonight.

Concerns that Pochettino's pressing style of play and intense training methods might lead to fatigue have been allayed, with his side losing only once in the league since January and taking 14 points from the last 18.

Tottenham have four games left to catch Leicester and Pochettino believes his players are now running further and fighting harder.

"I think we are as strong as at the start of the season, we are at the same level, maybe the difference is our opponents," Pochettino said. "The data is similar at the beginning to now because now we can see the finish line.

"Our motivation is good and then you can run more. It is always in our mind and we are in a very good moment.

"We need to fight to achieve big things like winning the title."

Tottenham's emphatic victory over Stoke last week proved they are ready to push Leicester all the way, but they still have a mountain to climb, with games against Chelsea, Southampton and Newcastle to come after facing the Baggies. Leicester play Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea.

Pochettino wants to maintain Spurs' drive during the final four games of the season.

"It was fantastic before the Stoke game," Pochettino said.

"You could feel we were ready and the trust between each other was fantastic. It felt impossible we wouldn't get three points.

"We need to fight now not to lose this feeling."

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