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​Pochettino issues battle cry for Tottenham title push

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has urged his players never give up on the Premier League title until the end.

With nine games to go, Spurs have closed the gap on league-leaders Chelsea to seven points and that could become four on Wednesday when the Blues face Manchester City, and Pochettino's side travel to Swansea.

The Argentinian said: "We talk a lot about last season. It's true that in football it's important to learn from the good and the bad experiences.

"For me it's easy to explain. It's about mentality and about not giving up. It wasn't about physical condition. We switched off in our minds after Chelsea and we conceded second place to Arsenal.

"We need to learn to never give up; to fight and concentrate to the end. It's about the energy in your mind not just your body. We reduced the gap but it is still a big gap; seven (points) is a massive difference.

"But all can happen. That's a good lesson for all. Belief and faith is the most important thing in football. Nothing is impossible. The Premier League is tough to play and win every game but it can happen, yes, and our minds must be positive, and try to imagine, and dream, and believe, and give our best."

"After 29 games we are a real contender now for the top-four. That is very good news for us," he added.

"When we started the season, when you compare with the other top-six teams, or teams below us, the signings were massive and we kept our philosophy.

"If we assess the season I think it's fantastic. It's a reality that we are there. Now it is the last part of the season and we need to fight until the end."

Ian Ferris
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