Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs win at Cardiff gives us title belief

Neil Warnock says Tottenham will fall short in the title race this season

Neil Warnock says Tottenham will fall short in the title race this season

Tottenham Hotspur returned to winning ways with a 3-0 victory against Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium on New Year's Day.

Tottenham enters the match with 45 points this season, nine behind Liverpool for first place.

"I don't care", Pochettino said, when asked about Thursday's game.

Spurs form prior to the Wolves game suggests they will cruise to victory at the Cardiff City Stadium.

While Spurs lost 3-1 to Wolves on Saturday, they have won their other three contests over the festive period, most recently beating Cardiff 3-0 with three early goals on Tuesday.

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Spurs extended their lead when Kane was involved again - creating a move which featured Moussa Sissoko and Son and ended with Eriksen firing the ball home.

"I was pleased we didn't just fold in the second half".

Cardiff remain three points above the relegation zone, with heavy home defeats against Manchester United and Tottenham bookending the four points picked up in away games at Crystal Palace and Leicester.

The England skipper's goal against the Bluebirds meant that he has now scored at least once against all 28 of the Premier League opponents he has faced.

'Us and Everton, we were the two teams who suffered the most hard fixtures in that period, ' Pochettino said after Tottenham's fourth game in 10 days. "I think we started the game well, we were so clinical from the beginning".

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'It is three points that make us believe a little bit more in our possibility to be in a very good position in the table'.

Neil Warnock's side made life hard for the Lilywhites on October 6 at Wembley Stadium, but Pochettino's team ground out a one-goal victory thanks to Eric Dier's early opener.

Cardiff never gave up and Lloris smothered a header from Aron Gunnarssson, but there was no doubting Spurs' superior quality.

"That is football, we knew it would happen", Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said.

It is amusing, or perhaps alarming, to think that if Tottenham had been offered their money back for the £30 million man in the summer, they would surely have taken it with glee.

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