Spurs uses improved mentality to chase Chelsea for PL title

But the London rivals must turn their immediate attention to the FA Cup with Tottenham and Chelsea to battle for a place in the final this weekend.

Harry Kane scored his 20th league goal this season with a predatory 48th-minute effort.

"They [Chelsea] have played great and obviously Eden [Hazard] is a very special player but we have played against him this season and we have played against Chelsea this season and we won", Vertonghen said when asked about the threats posed by Chelsea's forward line. We fought against everyone.

"We fought against all and we spent a lot of energy".

Manager Antonio Conte certainly struck an unusual tone when addressing the media after yesterday's 2-0 loss to Manchester United, the club's second defeat in four games.

After another 4-0 win and clean sheet, Spurs now hold the best goal difference in the league and Pochettino feels that, coupled with their defensive stability, has helped create a winning mentality at the club. Tottenham now hold a six-goal advantage over their rivals, Saturday's scorefest also produced a club-record 12th straight home win. "The league is open and we have a 50% probability to win the league".

Tottenham have made very certain to dispel notions the club relies to heavily on the scoring of English national Harry Kane by continuing to rack up the goals in the injury absence of the top-scorer. But now we are focusing on fighting our opponents when we play.

Manchester City moved above Liverpool into third after they registered an impressive 3-0 win away at Southampton, with captain Vincent Kompany on the scoresheet.

Four of Chelsea's six remaining games are at home, where they have lost just two of 15 games this season.

Twice West Ham led, through Andre Ayew and James Collins, but twice Sunderland rallied - the first time when Wahbi Khazri scored direct from a corner.

The result left Palace above the relegation zone on 35 points from 32 games, two behind Leicester who had taken a 2-0 lead through Robert Huth and in-form striker Jamie Vardy.

Spurs' bid to pip Leicester City to the title last season came crashing down amid a flurry of bookings and suspensions following stormy draws against West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea.

Tottenham are preparing to offer Dele Alli a third new contract in just 16 months in order to see of interest from Real Madrid. "The most important thing is to do our job, try to win games and try to reduce the gap with Chelsea".

  • Loretta Pittman