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Shearer: It’s ‘disrespectful’ to rule Spurs out of Premier League title race

Alan Shearer has been impressed with Tottenham Hotspur’s resolve and believes they should not be counted out of the Premier League title race. 

Spurs have won four consecutive league games by very close margins, keeping them within touching distance of Man City and Liverpool at the top of the table.

The former Newcastle United striker therefore thinks it is wrong that more people aren’t considering them as a serious contender to lift the Premier League trophy in May.

‘It is a little disrespectful that not many people are talking about Tottenham as potential Premier League winners, because they are in the title race – and they have shown they are not going away,’ Shearer told the BBC.

‘It was typical really that, on a day where Manchester City were sensational and made the headlines with the way they demolished Chelsea to go back above Liverpool at the top of the table, Spurs ground out another unspectacular victory.

‘Mauricio Pochettino’s side have done something similar in each of their past four league games, but it is actually very impressive that they keep getting results when none of those performances have been particularly great.

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‘Yes, in an ideal world Tottenham would be doing what City did on Sunday, and tearing teams apart, but they are at a stage of their season when their squad is stretched and getting results is the only thing that matters.

‘We know they can play much better than they have done recently, but the fact they are still winning at all with two of their best players in Harry Kane and Dele Alli injured, shows the character of Pochettino and his team.’

Shearer, the record goalscorer in Premier League history, added that while the two teams above them may have more talented squads and better styles of play, they may have an advantage in their mindset.

‘City and Liverpool might be playing the better football but Spurs have got a great attitude, which is more evidence of how good their manager is.

‘Pochettino does not have the same resources or squad depth as his title rivals, and he also has to contend with the debacle over the club’s delayed move to their new stadium that has left them playing at a half-empty Wembley every week because of security issues.

‘That has affected the atmosphere further, when some of their fans are getting fed up with travelling there anyway.

‘When you put all of that into the mix, then look at how Spurs have kept on picking up points in recent weeks, it underlines what a magnificent job Pochettino is doing.’