Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino admits gap to Manchester City is ‘massive’ after West Brom draw

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted the gap to Premier League leaders Manchester City was “massive” after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Brom.

Harry Kane’s 30th Premier League goal of 2017 earned Spurs a point at Wembley, after Salomon Rondon had given Gary Megson’s visitors an early lead.

However, the result means leaders Manchester City can pull 13 points clear of fourth-placed Tottenham with a win at Huddersfield on Sunday.

Spurs were ruthless against the league’s lower sides at White Hart Lane last season but this term they have already dropped points at home to Burnley, Swansea and now West Brom.

Asked if the gap behind City may now be too big to close, Pochettino said: “It is true the gap now is 10 points. It is massive in the Premier League.

“But now we need to be focused on trying to improve and trying to be more consistent here at Wembley. We have to try to win more games here like last season at White Hart Lane.

“It’s true it’s different to White Hart Lane, that is our reality, we cannot escape it. Our reality is we are playing here and waiting for our new stadium.

“But that is not an excuse, the team is doing well and only disappointed because we dropped two points when we should have taken all three.”

Danny Rose was again not even named on the bench as the left-back continues to regain match fitness. Rose could start against Leicester on Tuesday.

“He is like another player, there is no issue,” Pochettino said. “He was training like another player.”

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