Liverpool and Manchester City are the Premier League’s ‘real title challengers, says Mauricio Pochettino after his Tottenham side thrashed Everton on Sunday evening to move within six points of league leaders, Liverpool.

The Reds beat Wolves 2-0 in difficult conditions on Friday night to open up a four point gap at the top of the tree and although it seemed like it would be temporary, Crystal Palace shocked the champions to dramatically win 3-2 at the Etihad.

After his side scored six at Goodison Park, Pochettino was asked by journalists about a potential title bid but played down talk of Spurs being involved in a serious title challenge just yet, insisting Liverpool and Manchester City are the Premier League’s bonafide challengers.

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“I still believe that Liverpool and Manchester City are the real contenders and favourites to win the Premier League,” said Pochettino. “Then we are there, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United still a way back.

“There is still a long way to see if we are real contenders or not. Football is about being consistent. If we are able to be consistent and play in the way we played tonight, yes, maybe we will arrive in April being a real contender. But there is still a long way.

“We are involved in four competitions. I think today we surprised everyone with the energy and quality we showed today which was amazing after playing Arsenal on Wednesday.

“Now we are close but we need to be cautious, go step-by-step, game-by-game. We need to be conscious about that, we need to fight a lot, and there is still a long way for work and to be consistent. Being involved in four competitions will be tough but are going to try.

“The mentality today was clear and we need to always think about the next game and and try to win every game and to be in the best condition to fight for big things.”

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