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Pochettino: Spurs 'need more' to win Premier League

Mauricio Pochettino insists it is too early to talk about Tottenham as title contenders but believes his side do have enough quality to make the top four.

Pochettino is not getting carried away with Tottenham's impressive form. Credit: PA

Two goals from Harry Kane and one each from Toby Alderweireld and Kyle Walker helped Spurs thrash West Ham 4-1 on Sunday, a win that equals the club's record of 12 league matches unbeaten. Manuel Lanzini scored a late consolation for the Hammers.

The victory puts Tottenham four points behind surprise table-toppers Leicester, and with Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United all unconvincing in recent weeks, Pochettino's side seem capable of keeping pace at the top.

Pochettino said:

It is early to start talking about that, there is too far until the end of the season.

We have a young squad, we need to develop our way to be consistent. It is true we have shown from the beginning of the season we are consistent but to win the title we need more.

It is step by step. It is difficult to say today what will happen in four or five months. We need to keep working hard and stay with our feet on the ground.

– Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino


Spurs lead West Ham through Kane and Alderweireld

Alli and Kane celebrate Tottenham's first goal against West Ham. Credit: Reuters

Harry Kane continued his impressive goalscoring form in a Tottenham shirt by giving his team the lead against West Ham at White Hart Lane.

The England striker smashed the hosts in front from close range after 22 minutes, with his seventh goal in five matches for Spurs.

Kane has now scored at least once in his last five matches for Mauricio Pochettino's side in all competitions.

Ten minutes after Kane's opener, centre-back Toby Alderweireld leapt above Andy Carroll to double Tottenham's lead from a corner, and give West Ham a mountain to climb.

Roy Hodgson is watching from the stands. Credit: Reuters
Give Kyle Walker some water and he'll keep you entertained for hours. Credit: Reuters

Armed police on duty at Spurs v West Ham

Armed police were patrolling the Spurs ground at White Hart Lane for this afternoon's clash against West Ham.

It's the first match at White Hart Lane since the Paris terrorist attacks. Credit: PA

It comes amid heightened security following last week's terror attacks in Paris, which left 130 people dead.

Security has been ramped up at White Hart Lane. Credit: PA
This chap couldn't resist a selfie with a backdrop of police officers. Credit: PA

Spurs v West Ham starting line-ups


Pochettino: Spurs among most attractive clubs in world

Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham can attract star names in the January transfer window - not just promising youngsters.

Pochettino is proud of the progress at Spurs. Credit: PA

Pochettino's revamping of the Spurs squad has been driven by a strong faith in youth, with the likes of Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Dele Alli all thriving under the Argentinian.

Alli admitted the opportunities for young players was a key factor in his decision to move to White Hart Lane and the club continued that trend with five players selected in the latest England squad.

Pochettino is proud of Tottenham's reputation for promoting youth but believes his team's progress means they can also lure proven quality as well as up and coming talent.

Pochettino said:

We only have a few places left. It is impossible to bring 20 or 30 players in. But today Tottenham is a very attractive club, not only for youngsters but all players.

The way we respect the players, the way we try to play - for the big players and the young players it is a fantastic club. Tottenham today is one of the most attractive clubs in the world for all players, not just young players. We are starting to be attractive.

Tottenham are a name at home and in Europe and now we need to be clever to improve.

– Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino
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