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Pochettino warns full-strength Spurs can challenge for league title

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino suggests that his side may be able to maintain their unexpected Premier League title till the end once at full-strength.

Despite the absences of star duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli for over a month and a lack of signings across the past two transfer windows, Spurs have stayed in the mix with Manchester City and Liverpool for the league title this season.

The Lilywhites have won four games in a row now following last week’s impressive 3-0 Champions League triumph over Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.

But Pochettino thinks there may still be something left in the tank from his squad once his injured players have returned.

“I am so happy and feel so proud of my squad,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.

“From the beginning of the season no one believed we could repeat last season.

“[But] we are where we are because we deserve to be there. We’ve competed very well in the last few months, got the results we wanted and kept a very good position in the table while being involved in the Champions League.

“With all the things [that have been] against us we were fighting, and we are going to fight in the future to be in a very good position and try to win.

“But, of course, the moment we have the whole squad available we are going to be stronger than before.

“We will see, if we are able to arrive in the last few months in a good position, that is the moment to push and to achieve the things that we want.”

Spurs will take a trip to Turf Moor on Saturday to take on Burnley in their next Premier League match.

Victory this weekend will enable Pochettino’s men to close up to two points within City, who will be facing Chelsea in the Carabao Cup instead, in third-place.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 30: (EDITOR’S NOTE: Digital filters have been used) The corner flag is pictured prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Watford FC at Wembley Stadium on January 30, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)