Strange sensation for Swansea's Carroll ahead of Spurs game

Rachel Hardy
April 6, 2017

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino insists his side are battling to close the gap with Premier League leaders Chelsea and anticipate a tough clash away at Swansea City tonight.

But Dele Alli equalised with his 15th league goal of the season, and then Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen struck in injury time to keep second-placed Spurs within seven points of Chelsea.

"Sometimes I hear people saying: "Tottenham must win a title this season or next season" but come on", he told reporters.

"They can win or lose, but it's not putting pressure on them".

Tottenham remain in contention to win the Premier League and FA Cup and are now seven points behind Chelsea, who they face in the cup semifinal.

Conte, who has previously admitted his outlook on management has been influenced by those painful memories, said he will not be taking anything for granted until the end of the season.

"I think we are doing everything we can, and I think we do not want to be in that situation again".

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Chelsea ended Tottenham's hopes - and confirmed Leicester as champions - by coming back from two down to draw 2-2 with their London rivals in an ill-tempered derby last May.

"I don't care what people say or what people think of the history of the club".

And that gap could narrow even further today, when Chelsea are at home to Manchester City on the same night as Spurs manager Pochettino's side are in action in south Wales.

Winks joins Tottenham's list of injured players, which includes Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Erik Lamela.

He has played all nine games since rejoining the Welsh club during the January transfer window a said he "loved it" at the Liberty Stadium. "It is insane how the goals came in the last few minutes but we pushed and we created chances to win", he said.

Tottenham travel to struggling Swansea on Wednesday looking for a fifth consecutive league win, and Pochettino said they had learned lessons from their defeat at Liverpool in February.

"They put in a good physical effort and we have to be professional". "The fact we've come out of the game with nothing is really heartbreaking". For us it's about being focused and trying to improve on last season in terms of numbers.

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