LONDON: Tottenham Hotspur stayed on course to finish above north London rivals Arsenal for the first time in 20 years with a 3-0 demolition of Manchester United on Sunday but their eyes are still fixed on a greater prize.
Just when it seemed Leicester had reduced the season to a one-horse title race by moving 10 points clear with a 2-0 win at Sunderland, second-placed Tottenham responded to the pressure with a commanding performance against United.
Their first home win over United since 2001, courtesy of three goals in six minutes from Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela, had fans chanting “Leicester City, we’re coming for you” around a joyous White Hart Lane.
Man Utd 'still ahead' of Tottenham, says Van Gaal
With a seven-point deficit to make up in five remaining games, the odds are stacked heavily on neutrals’ favourites Leicester, but there was a mood of defiance from Tottenham’s players and manager Mauricio Pochettino. “We knew there was a lot of ground to make up but I think we were at our best in the second half,” said midfielder Eric Dier.
He further added: “We’ll try to get five wins between now and the end of the season and see what happens. We will keep on fighting until the end.”
With a six-point advantage over third-placed Arsenal and 12 points separating them and fifth-placed United, a second Champions League campaign looks almost certain now for Spurs who qualified once before in 2010-11 and reached the last eight.
Spurs stun Man Utd with six-minute blitz
Origi’s Liverpool potential excites Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Divock Origi is at the start of something special after he scored twice in a 4-1 win over Stoke City at Anfield.
“He is on a good way, it is a good base and now we have to work together. You see what confidence can do. I think Divock said it himself that when he came here everything was different for him but he is still a very young player,” said Klopp.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 12th, 2016.
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