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Pochettino: Spurs are still dreaming of title triumph

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Pochettino's Tottenham continue to impress
Pochettino's Tottenham continue to impress

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino still believes his side could end this season as Premier League champions after a stunning 4-0 win at Stoke moved them to within five points of leaders Leicester.

Two goals each from Harry Kane and Dele Alli secured a win at Stoke which was as comprehensive as it was timely.

Sunday's fractious draw with West Ham saw Claudio Ranieri's men drop points for the first time since March 1 and Mauricio Pochettino's men capitalised in style at the Britannia Stadium. 

"We are still fighting and our dream is to fight and put pressure on Leicester and I think it was fantastic, the performance and the result," said Pochettino.

"It was a tough game and Stoke wanted to win from the beginning. I think we showed our personality, character and good qualities.

"It was one of the performances that you feel more proud of because the players played with character to deal with the pressure to try to catch Leicester. It is never easy but we showed big character.

"We showed hunger and passion, and we showed we enjoy our game. It is fantastic to work with them every day.

"I feel fantastic and very happy because I have a squad that feels the passion for the game and they deserve the praise and full credit for the season.

"All can happen in football. The most important thing is that the performance we showed today was perfect. It was a big signal that we are there waiting and fighting."

It was not such a good night for veteran Republic of Ireland keeper Shay Given (below), who made a less than glorious Premier League debut for Stoke as he was beaten four times.

Yet Given could not be blamed for the goals that flew past him and pulled off some fine saves as he pushes to secure a place in Ireland's Euro 2016 squad.