Tottenham Hotspurs manager Mauricio Pochettino admits ‘the gap is big’ between his side and leaders, Leicester City, but says they must not give up on their fading Premier League title hopes.
A headed leveller from Craig Dawson, cancelling out his first-half own goal, saw West Brom put a huge dent in Tottenham’s title chances, leaving them seven points adrift with three games to go.
Leicester need just three points from three games to clinch a historic title and could do so before Tottenham’s next game.
The Foxes travel to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon and an away victory would be enough, leaving Spurs to focus on a fight for second at Chelsea on Monday night.
But Pochettino says his side cannot give up and must believe that Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea can deny the Foxes the three points needed to pull off one of the biggest shocks in English football history.
“It is not over. The gap is seven points and we have three games still to play. It is true that it is very difficult but we need to still believe, still fight and be ready for the next game,” Pochettino told the media after the game.
The coach further said his side were unlucky not to score more goals.
“We were unlucky in the first half and created lots of chances but these happens in football.
“We allowed them to believe and we conceded a goal, but I am very proud because it was a big effort.
“We still need to believe. Seven points is difficult but we still need to fight in the next three games.
Pochettino admits he is hoping for Leicester’s downfall against Manchester United on Sunday.
“We must hope Leicester drop three points and hope we get three points against Chelsea.
“They are very disappointed in there but we are very young and we need to use this experience for the next few seasons.
“So far it has been fantastic but if you want to win the title you have to kill the game. But nothing to complain, I feel very proud with this season and it is normal to feel disappointed.
“It is important to still fight and the opportunity is till there just more difficult than before.”
Pochettino would not comment on the Dele Alli incident, where the England midfielder appeared to punch Claudio Yacob in the stomach, having not seen the flashpoint yet.
But he did provide an update on Alli’s midfield partner Eric Dier who was forced off following the West Brom leveller.
“I knew that he was dizzy but we hope it is not a big deal,” he explained.