Pochettino: Goal difference could decide Premier League top-four race

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes the Premier League top-four battle will go right down to the wire and may be settled on goal difference.

The Argentine coach watched his side thrash Huddersfield Town 4-0 on Saturday to move up to third place in the standings.

Lucas Moura was the star of the show at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium by firing in his first hat-trick for the club. Victor Wanyama had put Spurs ahead in the first half.

It marked the first time the Lilywhites had achieved back-to-back wins in the league since February.

Now Pochettino’s side face the anxious wait of discovering the results of their rivals. Fourth-place Chelsea, who sit just a point behind Spurs, will play Liverpool this evening.

Meanwhile, north London rivals Arsenal will play their game in hand on Monday night against Watford.

And Manchester United remain in the thick of the battle themselves, with just three points separating them from Spurs after beating West Ham 2-1.

Thus, with just four points between third-place Spurs and Arsenal in sixth, Pochettino is aware that even the tiniest details could determine their fate.

“For sure it’s going to be tough,” said Pochettino, according to Football365.

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“We are fighting against big sides and teams that are building to win the league or to win big trophies or be in the top four.

“We are going to fight against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.

“I think until the end it will be a very tough race.

“Of course, to score goals in that opportunity can help in the end. Goal difference can be decisive at the end of the season to achieve the top four.”

Spurs will be back in action on Wednesday at Manchester City for the return leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie. Currently, the London club hold a 1-0 aggregate lead following last week’s first leg victory.

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