Mauricio Pochettino makes admission about Liverpool FC, Man City in title race

The Spurs manager opens up about Tottenham's prospects of beating Liverpool FC and Man City in title race

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Mauricio Pochettino has emphasised that Liverpool FC and Manchester City are the real contenders in the Premier League title race.

The Reds are sitting at the top of the Premier League table and six points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur following their 4-0 win over Newcastle United at Anfield on Boxing Day.

Liverpool FC have won their last five Premier League games to move seven points ahead of defending champions Manchester City following the Citizens’ alarming dip in form.

The Eastlands outfit have lost three of their last four Premier League games following losses to Chelsea FC, Crystal Palace and Leicester City during the festive schedule.

Tottenham were 5-0 winners against Bournemouth at Wembley on Wednesday afternoon to hoist themselves up to second place after a thrilling 6-2 victory over Everton at Goodison Park.

Spurs are a point ahead of third-placed Manchester City as the Lilywhites look to overhaul current leaders Liverpool FC and win their first Premier League title.

However, Pochettino was quick to play down Tottenham’s title prospects, adding that Liverpool FC and Manchester City are the real contenders to win the Premier League.

“We are in a very good position, but Liverpool and Manchester City are the real contenders,” Pochettino told his post-match media conference.

“It is one thing to be a point above them, but Manchester City are the reigning champions and Liverpool are doing fantastic.

“We are between them and there is still a lot of work to do.

“It is important to manage confidence in the right way, a victory makes us believe, of course, but we think step by step and make sure we can be ready to arrive at the next game in the best condition.

“The competition is very demanding, be sure to be ready to compete in three days.

“We are only halfway to the end of the season, we need to replicate the same second-half of the season.

“It is up to us, if we show the same quality and same belief and behave in the way we behave, then maybe at the end of the season we can talk in the way that maybe we fight for big things.”

Liverpool FC have never won the Premier League title but finished in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2011.

Manchester City have won the Premier League title in 2012, 2014 and 2017.

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