Everton boss Roberto Martinez backs Mauricio Pochettino to guide Tottenham Hotspur title challenge

Roberto Martinez Press Conference Smiling

Tottenham are emerging as genuine title contenders.

The Premier League title race appears to be wide open. Arsenal and Manchester City appear to be the leading pack. Leicester City should also not be discounted after their excellent start to the season. Meanwhile Manchester United, despite their poor form, cannot be excluded from the race.

But a growing school of thought is that Tottenham Hotspur might in fact be the team to beat.

Spurs have been incredibly consistent since the start of the season and have bounced back from the recent blip against Newcastle United in some style.

Next up is Everton and their manager Roberto Martinez, who would have liked Everton to be in a similar position, is in no doubt that Tottenham can push for the title if they continue their current form.

He told his press conference today:

"I have been a big admirer of this Spurs side. I think what Mauricio Pochettino has achieved is a really really strong team...

"It is no surprise to me how consistent they have been and how difficult they are to play against. That's why I expect Tottenham to have, if anything, an even stronger second half of the campaign.

"Why not? (Spurs as title contenders). If anything this season is about consistency and whichever team will be able to be consistent in the next second half of the season will have a great oppotunity.

"I think Spurs, they've got a strong squad, a large squad, they're competing in Europe. I think they have a strong mentality as a group. I don't see them losing any sort of focus or energy in the next few months. If anything, being such a young team, I expect them to grow stronger. I see them as strong contenders..."

Spurs have lost just twice in the league this season, only Leicester City have the same record, and they have recently been turning their disappointing draws into wins - as they did in the 2-1 win against Watford last time out.

Everton have been the polar opposite, letting wins slip to draws and even defeat in their last fixture v Stoke City.

If that trend continues this week then Spurs will add another three points in their bid for the title.

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