Pochettino: Spurs can win title in future

Mauricio Pochettino believes the squad of young players he has helped form at Tottenham can win the Premier League under his guidance.

The likes of Eric Dier and Dele Alli have assumed leading roles for Spurs this season, while top scorer Harry Kane is still only 22 years of age.

Pochettino's outfit were starting to be mentioned as title contenders this season after going 14 matches unbeaten, until they went down 2-1 to Newcastle last week.

The Argentinian admits this season may be too early for his side, but insists they have the ability to challenge in coming years.

"It is difficult to be consistent when you start," he said.

"At Tottenham after 18 months we have put the basis for sure in the future to win some titles. We are sure because the basis is very strong.

"We have a very young squad that can only improve for the future. We only need time. We have the youngest team in the Premier League so sometimes we have to expect that we have bad days, like we had Sunday.

"It is important to analyse and say, 'Hey, we need to learn about that and move on quick' because football doesn't wait for you. We take a risk to have a younger player in the squad so we need to help them a lot. That is important to be consistent.

"We have been consistent from the beginning but different moments will be tough for them and now they need to have the tools to move forward."

Pochettino takes Spurs to his former club Southampton on Saturday, where a win could see the North Londoners move into the top four.

The Saints, meanwhile, are without a win in their last five matches, but their former manager is expecting a hard test.

"We expect a very tough game as Southampton have one of the best squads in the Premier League and a very good manger and St Mary's push the people and supporters, but we are ready to compete," he added.

"Our objective is to win the three points and try to recover our feeling and performance."