Pochettino still not sure Tottenham is real title contender

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane goes up for a header against Everton defender Michael Keane during their English Premier League match at Goodison Park in Liverpool, northwest England, on Sunday. Spurs won 6-2.

Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino still appears to need convincing about his team's English Premier League title credentials, even though the London club pulled off one of the best results of the season by thrashing Everton 6-2.

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min scored twice as third-placed Tottenham closed within two points of Manchester City and six points of leader Liverpool after its thrilling victory at Goodison Park on Sunday.

"I still believe Liverpool and Manchester City are the real contenders and favorites to win the Premier League," Pochettino said. "I think there is still a long way to go for me to say we are real contenders.

"If we are able to be consistent and play in the way we did here I think yes, maybe, we could then be a real contender, but there is still a long way. Being involved in four competitions will be tough, but we are going to try."

Pochettino, whose side is also chasing glory in the UEFA Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup, has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, which last week decided to put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge for the rest of the season after firing Jose Mourinho.

"There are a lot of rumors," said Tottenham's Argentine coach. "We cannot talk, we need to be focused on our jobs at Tottenham and do our best to try to be successful."

Captain Kane took a little more upbeat tone.

"Everybody's been talking about Liverpool and Manchester City, and we've been getting on with it and doing well, like we normally do," said the England striker.

"It's important we carry that on now. The games are coming thick and fast but they're games we can definitely win.

"We've had a good month and hopefully we can take that into January now — and February — and we'll see where we're at come April time," he said.

Spurs have a relatively easy festive season — they host Bournemouth on Boxing Day and Wolverhampton Wanderers on December 29 before a trip to lowly Cardiff City on New Year's Day.

Wins in those games could leave them very interested observers when City and Liverpool face each other at the Etihad on January 3.

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