Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham are 'ready to win a title' after beating Boro

Tottenham Hotspur will seek a first league win in three games as they play host to Middlesbrough on Saturday evening, with Mauricio Pochettino's side firm favourites as we get back to the bread-and-butter of Premier League action.

Spurs maintain their second position in the table and are nine points adrift of Chelsea and three points ahead of London rivals Arsenal. They have won seven successive games on home soil but Pochettino insists he won't allow his players to focus only on the lucrative consolation prize of a Champions League spot.

"It's up to us to keep pushing, to keep the pressure and to win games".

And although Pochettino seems to be leading Spurs inexorably upward, having guided them to fifth- and third-place finishes in his first two seasons and now has them in second spot with five points more than they had at this stage last season, his young team need to do more to render "Spursy" an entirely antiquated term. Okay, it's good to put the standard higher. It's another tough game against one of the best teams in the league who are genuine title contenders. At that level it's good, good pressure.

When Middlesbrough's Marten de Roon found himself in space in the Spurs area, the ball at his feet and the goal invitingly open, it seemed as if the home side's heavy labour was to be undermined at the last.


"I'm always optimistic", Pochettino said. When you have the chance to score and play well and dominate the game, we didn't concede one shot on target. Before the game he told us the starting XI but then said if we play the game and it rains, we play this guy, but if it stops raining, we play this guy.

Rose has been one of many impressive performers for Mauricio Pochettino's second-place side this season, but reports in the aftermath of Tuesday's stalemate at the Stadium of Light suggested he could face around a month on the sidelines with medial ligament damage.

"We were playing in the Championship last season and we are on the same points as Leicester today, so I am really positive looking at the table and looking at the team and their attitude", via BBC Sport. But, it didn't happen and we're happy for the three points. "You can say nothing about that".

The last game at White Hart Lane saw Tottenham come out on the winning end of a thrilling 4-3 game against League two team Wycombe Wanderers.

"It was nearly the same (as Manchester City)", Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka said.

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