Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has told BBC Sport that he is not thinking about finishing in the top four of the Premier League just yet.
The Argentine made the comments following Spurs’ 2-1 victory over Sunderland at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
The North London outfit needed a late goal from Christian Eriksen to pick up all three points and return to winning ways in the Premier League.
Tottenham are now fifth in the league table with 37 points from 22 matches, just three points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.
Pochettino’s side are also only five points behind third-placed Southampton, but the Spurs manager is not getting carried away.
"I don't want to speak about finishing in the top four,” the 42-year-old told BBC Sport. “I want to speak about the next game. We need to keep going.”
Interestingly, not so long ago Pochettino was speaking about Tottenham challenging for the third spot in the Premier League.
“It's clear that Chelsea and Manchester City will be first and second," The Daily Star quoted Pochettino as saying last week (click here to read more).
"But after that, nothing is clear. I think we have to ask who is going to be third as well. I think it is possible. Everything is possible in football if you believe.”
Since Pochettino made those comments, Spurs have not looked exactly great. They lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace away from home in the league, had to come from two goals down to defeat Burnley in the FA Cup, and then edged past Sunderland 2-1.
Perhaps Pochettino does not want to jinx it, or maybe he is really taking it one game at a time.
Nevertheless, there is no escaping the fact that Tottenham are indeed in the running for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.
Having bounced back from last weekend’s loss at Selhurst Park with back-to-back wins, Spurs will now be expected to build on that and go on yet another unbeaten run.