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EPL: Tottenham Hotspur need to work hard to clinch title, says coach Pochettino

London: Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino encouraged supporters to dream of Barclays Premier League glory after Sunday's 2-0 win at Aston Villa, but warned there was plenty of hard work still ahead for his team.

Mauricio Pochettino. Pic/AFP
Mauricio Pochettino. Pic/AFP

Harry Kane opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time and wrapped up the points early in the second half to move Spurs two points behind leaders Leicester.

The result boosted the north London side's hopes of a first top-flight title since 1961 but, with just eight games still to play, Pochettino was not getting carried away.

"Our supporters are right to dream and we need to dream, but keep working hard because that's the most important thing," the Argentinian said.

"We are in a good position but there's eight games and 24 points still to play for. It's a lot of points, still. We are in the race and this (win) has been important. If we compare last season with this season, we need to feel very proud and maybe we are ahead of our plan. We will try to win each game and see what happens."

With Manchester City dropping points in a goalless draw at Norwich on Saturday, the top two are now firmly in charge, but the Spurs boss has refused to rule out any side yet. "I think that mathematically, it is possible for a lot of teams still," Pochettino said.

"It's too early to put some teams out of the race. "We needed to keep the pressure on Leicester, so it was a very important victory for us. I was very pleased with the effort. It is a very difficult period we have come through with three games in different competitions."

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