Kyle Walker explains what makes Tottenham better than five years ago, targets a decade of success

Kyle Walker

Walker is the latest man to insist the current Spurs crop are better than the Champions League quarter-finalists of 2011.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker has told the Telegraph that Mauricio Pochettino's side have been so successful this season because of their limitless energy, work ethic and team spirit.

Spurs have launched their first genuine title challenge since the finished second in the old First Division in 1963, and though they have to overhaul a five-point deficit on Leicester City across just four remaining matches, their campaign has been an undeniable success.

Much has been made about the quality of Pochettino's side which has been built on a young English core of players including Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Eric Dier.

Harry Redknapp, who led a Tottenham side boasting stars such as current Real Madrid pair Gareth Bale and Luka Modric and Dutch playmaker Rafael van der Vaart to the quarter-finals in their first ever Champions League campaign in 2010-11, said earlier this week that he believed the current crop would beat the team he assembled.

Walker, another of Spurs' England international contingent, told the Telegraph that they have been so successful this season because Pochettino has instilled values in his side that very few other teams possess, and suggested the club should be targeting status as a top Premier League club for the next decade.

The right-back said: "I was talking to [former team-mate] Jermaine Jenas earlier about the players we played with. Bale, Luka Modric, Van der Vaart, Ledley King. You’d probably have chosen that team on paper. But for work ethic and team spirit, it’s this team all day long. The enthusiasm. The hunger. We’re young, but we’re not immature.

"We’ve got four games left, and we’re still running almost every other team off the pitch. We can all play football, but one of the basics of this game is that you need to run about and work for each other. That’s what’s pushed us on to the next level.

"We’ve set the bar now, and everything below this bar is unacceptable. We’ve had so many twists and turns at the club. Managers have come, managers have gone. Now we’ve got a good foundation, a great manager, a great bunch of lads. Hopefully, we can step on for the next 10 years."

Spurs closed the gap and sent a big statement to Leicester on Monday night with a ruthless 4-0 win at Stoke City, and they will hope the Foxes slip up against Swansea on Sunday ahead of their home clash with West Bromwich Albion at the start of next week.

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