'Exciting' Spurs can still snatch title, says Edman

Cheryl Sanders
April 30, 2017

Spurs will go into the north London derby on Sunday conscious that victory against the sixth-placed Arsenal would ensure they finish above their bitter rivals for the first time in 22 years, but with the manager urging his players to "think about bigger things".

Still, the former England global is a big fan of the way Mauricio Pochettino has them set up, and feels they're ahead of Chelsea in terms of defensive strength when they lose possession.

"That is no motivation, and no distraction", said the Tottenham boss.

"Does it keep us in the race for the top four?"

Sean Dyche's men are just five points clear of the bottom three after a poor spell which has seen them win just once since January.

"Our challenge now is to reduce the gap again with Chelsea and to think bigger things than only to be above Arsenal", Pochettino said. "No, I'm here, I'm the manager, you take it on the chin".

Spurs needed a late Christian Eriksen goal to sink Palace, the Dane cracking home a 30-yard drive with 12 minutes remaining.

"We knew we had to bounce back after the weekend [the 4-2 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea at Wembley] and what a performance by everyone".

"We're unable to say what the extent of the injury is at the moment, but it didn't look too clever with the way the knee hyper-extended", Allardyce told reporters on Thursday.

Mauricio Pochettino's team played its home Champions League games at Wembley this season, losing to Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen and beating CSKA Moscow. "That is so important because improving on last season was a big challenge".

The overarching reaction was a positive one, with the majority of the Lilywhites fanbase stating that Zaha would make an excellent addition ahead of next season - the best tweets are here. "We have five tough games, we have to win them to have a chance and hopefully we can do that".

Pochettino brought on Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko for the second half and changed to a back four in an effort to find a breakthrough.

Tottenham Hotspur's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park in south London on April 26, 2017.

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