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Pochettino talks up Tottenham self-belief

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. Credit: PA

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits his players are finally starting to believe they can win the Premier League title.

Pochettino's men moved up to second in the table after a second-half strike from Kieran Trippier sealed a 1-0 win over Watford at White Hart Lane.

It is Spurs' fourth consecutive victory in the league and means they now sit one point above third-placed Manchester City and five behind surprise front-runners Leicester.

Tottenham have not been so high in the league with 25 games played since 2012 and Pochettino says his team are now daring to dream.

"You can see in their eyes, the feeling, the energy, that they believe," Pochettino said.

"In football belief is the most important word. If we believe, anything can happen. I believe in my squad and they believe too in the way we play. This synergy is very important for the future.

"But it is better not to speak too much, only to show, to work hard."

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Liverpool fans stage Anfield walkout over ticket pricing

Liverpool fans leave Anfield. Credit: PA

Thousands of Liverpool fans voted with their feet in protest at ticket prices as Anfield witnessed its first walkout in its 132-year history.

Supporters' groups organised the action for the 77th minute of the match against Sunderland (read the match report) after a £77 match ticket (up from £59) and a £1,000 season ticket for next season were announced this week.

The club argued the new structure - which includes 45 per cent of match tickets decreasing in price, 64 per cent of season tickets being reduced or staying the same in cost, better availability for local fans and around 1,500 £9 tickets for category C games - offers greater accessibility and affordability.

However, that was not enough to placate fans' groups as upwards of an estimated 10,000 of the 44,179 inside the stadium got up and left their seats in the 77th minute, with long queues forming for the exit.

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Ranieri refuses to accept Leicester City are now Premier League title favourites

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri. Credit: PA

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri refused to accept his team are now title favourites after their sensational 3-1 win at Manchester City.

The surprise Premier League leaders opened up a six-point lead over Manuel Pellegrini's men - the side many expect to take the crown - with a near-perfect display at the Etihad Stadium.

One leading bookmaker immediately made Leicester - 5,000/1 outsiders at the start of the season - the new 7/4 favourites for the title.

But Ranieri, aware he was the one-time hot favourite in the 'sack race', said: "I don't believe the bookmakers. At the beginning of the season the bookmakers said, 'sack Ranieri'. I hope one time they are right!"

Lee Johnson takes charge of Bristol City

Bristol City have appointed Lee Johnson as head coach on a three-and-a-half year contract.

The 34-year-old was given permission to speak to the Robins on Friday after the Championship strugglers triggered a release clause in his contract at Barnsley.

Johnson made 199 appearances as a player over six seasons at Ashton Gate and helped the club to promotion in 2007 but he takes over with City in the relegation zone in the second tier, albeit on goal difference.

Bristol City's chief operating officer Mark Ashton says Johnson is the right man for the job: "Lee is a very bright, intelligent young man who is highly motivated and very detailed in his approach. He's well-known to the club; fans, stakeholders and staff.

"He is one of the up-and-coming coaches in the country and having interviewed him, I had no hesitation in recommending to the board that Lee is the right fit for this football club."

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