Mauricio Pochettino challenges Tottenham to catch Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino eyes an unlikely Premier League title bid next season

Mauricio Pochettino has challenged Tottenham Hotspur to catch Premier League champions Chelsea next season.

The Blues wrapped up their fourth Premier League title last weekend after a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

Spurs, meanwhile, currently trail their west London rivals by 25 points after a 1-0 reversal against Manchester City at White Hart Lane last Sunday.

However, Tottenham manager Pochettino, who was appointed as Tim Sherwood’s successor last May, is adamant that Spurs must aim to overhaul Chelsea.

“This is, I think, a bigger challenge for the next season – to try to reduce the gap. In this case it is Chelsea who are the champions,” Pochettino is quoted as saying at his media conference.

“I think that this is one challenge. Two is to be a strong team with a strong mentality and with a very good squad.”

The north London side lost 2-0 to the newly-crowned champions in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley earlier this season.

Spurs did manage to beat Chelsea 5-3 at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on New Year’s Day largely thanks to Harry Kane’s heroics.

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The England international scooped the PFA young player of the year award last month after the striker scored 20 Premier League goals this season.

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