Tottenham boss Pochettino insists that the best can still crash out

Tottenham boss Pochettino insists that the best can still crash out

'But overall, this week, three points against Manchester City was a big boost and two new faces is another good thing, because you increase the competition and have two players with different characteristics who can help in attack.

"We knew it was going to be hard second-half, because Newcastle grow in belief".

My decision was to open the door and invite him in again.' Janssen has played four times for Tottenham's Under-23s but is not considered ready to feature against Newcastle, who beat Manchester City on Tuesday to give Pochettino a glimpse of second place.

Spurs took the opportunity to restate their title credentials, which have arguably slipped under the radar of late on the back of EFL and FA Cup exits and another quiet transfer window.

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It now remains to be seen whether he will be fit enough to start from the off at home to Newcastle on Saturday afternoon (12.30pm).

Schar's last-ditch intervention turned out to be key for the visitors, as they managed to dig in during the final quarter of the game, but they were unable to deny Spurs from sneaking a win in the closing stages.

Pochettino insisted the midweek result confirmed the unpredictability of the English domestic game, adding: "Sometimes you can see a side that won the Premier League and one that is fighting for the relegation and there isn't too much difference".

"We're second, and don't need to convince ourselves about our potential or capacity to win".

"We always believe in ourselves".

"But of course I'm disappointed because we're in a very good position and maybe, with a little more help from some players, we can not put the excuse that we are not a real contender".

"We are going to dream because we are close, we are there in a very good position and we are going to try and fight until the end to be as high as we can".

"We chose to send him on loan [last season] and then he was injured [at the start of this season]".

"Today, we are there because we deserve to be there".

"Of course I wanted to strengthen the squad, but if we can not and we can not sign then I need to stick with the project of the club".

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