Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted his players are starting to believe they can win the Premier League title, after Spurs climbed to second place in the table courtesy of the Saturday (6 February) 1-0 victory over Watford. The Argentinian manager, nevertheless, said they need to be "more clinical" up front to translate their dominance in the pitch to the score sheet.
Spurs, nevertheless, dominated the game since the very beginning, but failed to score a goal until in the second half, Del Alli came off the bench to set up Kieran Trippier for the winner. Pochettino urged his side to remain calm, but couldn't hide his delight about their position in the table just before their next weekend trip to Manchester City.
"We need to be calm. We are in a very good position in the league but the philosophy from the beginning of the season has been to go step by step. We are a very young squad so it is important to keep going and take every game and competition and be ready to compete," the boss said to BBC after the game.
"We need to be careful and always work in the same way. In football you can never stop. You always need to improve and fix a different situation. We still need to be more clinical, we created a lot of chances today but need to score more. We have a good idea of how we want to build the squad for the future and it is important to take this philosophy and deliver it."
Despite Pochettino's insistence that his side need to go step by step, he admitted that the players are starting to believe they can go all the way to the title
"You can see in their eyes, the feeling, the energy, that they believe," Pochettino said in the press conference as quoted by ITV when asked whether Tottenham can win the Premier League.
"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."