Pochettino: Premier League title was ours

Mauricio Pochettino felt Tottenham had the Premier League title in their sights after beating Stoke 4-0 last season, and ahead of a their rematch this term, the Argentine wants his players to begin to rediscover that belief.

Spurs have endured a difficult start to the new campaign with one win and two draws, and although it is still early in the season, Pochettino is well aware just how important it is to start playing with the kind of confidence that saw them push champions Leicester until the final weeks of the season.

Reflecting on the win over Stoke, where Harry Kane and Deli Alli bagged a brace apiece, Pochettino said: "After our performance and our victory, it was a fantastic 4-0, we all believed it would be possible to win the league, yes.

"It is true that after Stoke we felt it was possible, difficult but possible.

"The confidence and the belief is important for the team and the players but then you need to deliver.

"Always in our minds we are winners but then you have to deliver and I think maybe we didn't compete in the way we must compete to win the league.

"That is where we need to improve this season, to compete better."

Pochettino has also revealed his delight at the capture of Moussa Sissoko on transfer deadline day, who could feature against Stoke on Saturday.

He said: "Sissoko is maybe in the squad. He arrived with us for the first time yesterday and he was in a good condition, but I will decide tomorrow.

"Sissoko is a player who can help us a lot. You know how he is because last season he was in Newcastle and in the Euros he was fantastic. He is a player who can bring experience, he is fast and strong and when you play a lot of games you need a lot of competition to maintain your levels.

"I was relaxed as the window was closing – I was in Spain! I wasn’t worried about that. I was happy before and then after we added three players in the last three days we have a squad that can compete in the different competitions. We have a difficult season but I am happy with my squad."

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