We Showed We're Still Battling Chelsea For Title - Spurs Star

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We showed we have learned a lot from last season.

But they showed new-found mental strength to dominate the second half, find a precious 79th-minute goal and rack up their highest-ever number of points in a Premier League season.

Michael Voller was assaulted after his team's FA Cup semi-final defeat by Chelsea on Saturday at Wembley. But Pochettino is convinced the way his team saw off a formidable Palace outfit bodes well for their chances of being crowned English champions for the first time since 1961.

"Our biggest problem is at centre half - Sakho with another knee injury, but it is a good job we are blessed with outstanding centre halves", Allardyce told Sky Sports.

"We tried to do our best for him".

"A big part of that was the mental attitude, we improved that a lot".

"It is unbelievable. This is a tough place to come and we had to keep fighting".

With Chelsea leading Spurs at the top of the Premier League table by seven points, Mauricio Pochettino's side are desperate to keep up the pursuit. "We didn't have many chances but luckily we scored with the one we had", he said.

"We closed the gap again".

"The most important is the victory builds confidence, that's the only way to catch them".

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They've beaten Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool while securing six wins in their last nine, and there has been a marked improvement in their defence under Allardyce: they've kept first-half clean sheets in 10 of his 17 games in charge.

That will be a sweet moment for Tottenham fans after so long in Arsenal's shadow.

It is 22 years since they had bragging rights over the Gunners.

The Argentine knows emotions run high when it comes to the derby, especially in what may well be the last north London clash at White Hart Lane before the stadium is rebuilt.

"The possibility of finishing above Arsenal is not a motivation or a distraction", Pochettino said.

"We've progressed a lot since previous year and we had a very professional win", the Belgian added. We'd want to do it ourselves if we can, rather than rely on other clubs. I assume we are going to sell Sakho to help fund Van Dijk? The Spurs manager responded by suggesting his team were thinking of "bigger things than only to be above Arsenal", and everyone knew what he had in mind.

'Lets wait for the scan, will probably have to contact Liverpool depending on how serious the damage is.

The England worldwide has mainly been used at the back this season, with some fans not feeling entirely convinced by his performances in that role.

The Crystal Palace revival under the management of Sam Allardyce had been nothing short of miraculous.

"It looks like a hyper-extension". We can't speculate on if, when and how and the seriousness of the injury'.