Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Spurs boss Pochettino delighted by Palace triumph

Spurs boss Pochettino delighted by Palace triumph

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said his team would not give up on the English Premier League title after a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace closed the gap to Chelsea at the top of the ladder to four points. But Pochettino has urged them to "think about bigger things".

"We are showing that we learnt a lot from last season as a team", said the Spurs manager.

With fellow central defender James Tomkins having sustained a serious injury during the 2-1 victory at Liverpool on Sunday it is a further blow to Palace who are not yet safe from the drop despite six wins from their last nine games.

With the visitors conceding a number of fouls in the opening 45 minutes, Pochettino withdrew the combative midfield duo of Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama, before Palace were forced into a change of their own as Sakho was carried off the pitch on a stretcher following a challenge with Kane.

Spurs have now beaten their previous best Premier League total of 72 points - set in 2012-13 - when they finished fifth. "That is so important because last season was a big challenge to improve".

Tottenham have won eight league games in a row but they'll have their work cut out to finish the season with five more wins and Spurs will also have to depend on Chelsea dropping points between now and the end of the season.

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Spurs had to endured seven minutes of injury time against Crystal Palace after Mamadou Sakho suffered a frightful looking injury in the second period.

However, if Sakho has to stay at Anfield, we may not have the funds to pay such an outrageous fee for a centre-back - which would be devastating for Jurgen Klopp. We created chances and they didn't really have a shot.

'Everyone says "keep your mouth shut" you don't want it to bite you back but I think 41 points will be enough.

We all knew the talent was there somewhere they just needed to find it. "I thought the performance in the first-half was much better than Sunday". That is a great belief for us and now we'll try to prepare for an exciting weekend.

The win lifted Arsenal one place to sixth, four points behind fourth-place Manchester City and three points below fifth-place Manchester United.

The Crystal Palace winger has been running rings around full-backs all season, despite turning out for a side that have graced the lower reaches of the Premier League.

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