Mauricio Pochettino urges Tottenham to believe they can catch runaway Premier League leaders Chelsea

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Pochettino's Tottenham beat Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday (Source: Getty)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has implored his side to believe that they can reel in runaway Premier League leaders Chelsea and secure their first top-flight title since 1961.

Spurs trimmed Chelsea’s advantage at the summit to seven points on Saturday as they beat Burnley at Turf Moor and the Blues stumbled at home, slipping to a surprise loss against Crystal Palace.

The north Londoners play Swansea at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow as Chelsea host Manchester City, while they could be just a point behind their rivals after Watford visit White Hart Lane on Saturday lunchtime.

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“It’s crazy but that is football and all can happen,” said Pochettino. “That’s a good lesson for all. Belief is the most important thing in football. Not quality, running or being strong but belief, faith and fight.

“Nothing is impossible in football and that is our idea, our philosophy. We need to keep going in that direction and it is true the Premier League is tough to play in, and to win every game and compete. It’s so competitive.

“But can it happen? Yes, of course. It can happen and in our mind we must be positive to try to imagine and dream and believe and give our best.

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“If we are focused only on the next game and nothing around and nothing after, and if we are positive, I think we can get the three points, but first of all we need to be better than Swansea and we will need to fight a lot against them.”

Irrespective of how the next few games pan out, Pochettino insists his team will not commit the same mistakes as last season when their campaign imploded after hopes of catching eventual title winners Leicester evaporated.

“We talked a lot about last season,” added Pochettino.

“In football, it’s important to learn from all the good and bad experiences. For me it’s easy to explain: it’s about mentality – never giving up, concentrating until the end.

“Last season we switched off in our mind after Chelsea [2-2 at Stamford Bridge in May] and we conceded second place to Arsenal.”

Pochettino has confirmed that midfielder Harry Winks is unlikely to play again this season after sustaining an ankle injury against Burnley at the weekend.

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