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BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

2015/2016 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
1 Leicester 15 8 2 53
2 Tottenham 13 9 3 48
3 Arsenal 14 6 5 48
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How Mauricio Pochettino turned Tottenham into title contenders

Mauricio Pochettino's press-heavy approach has Spurs rising up the Premier League table.
Mauricio Pochettino's press-heavy approach has Spurs rising up the Premier League table.

Last Saturday, Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores said he had just seen the best side in the Premier League. Earlier, his players had been pressed and harried so relentlessly that they had not mustered a single shot on target. What Watford had lacked, explained Flores, was not a clear game plan, but rather a chance to execute it. "We know perfectly what we want to do when we recuperated the ball, we try to play," he said. "But it was impossible."

Welcome to White Hart Lane. This is what it feels like to face the fervent pressing machine installed by Mauricio Pochettino, in which Tottenham toil to leave their opponents overwhelmed, exhausted and (normally) defeated. Many managers in the division favour a proactive style, but no one has mastered the art of high pressing like Argentine tactician, who has guided his side to second in the table, five points behind Leicester, despite a net spend that practically amounts to zero over the four transfer windows since his appointment in 2014.

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Hugo Lloris: Tottenham youngsters still 'don't know their limits'

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is happy with his squads win versus Sunderland, but still wants them to create more.
Mauricio Pochettino admits his side are in a good position in the Premier League and insists he believes his players can fight for the title.

Hugo Lloris believes Tottenham's young squad will only get better, claiming many of the players still "don't know their limit". 

Spurs boast the youngest squad in the Premier League with an average age of just over 23 and goalkeeper and captain Lloris, 29, is the second oldest member of the group -- with the Frenchman's deputy Michel Vorm, 32, the oldest and the only over-30.

Tottenham's youth has not stopped them mounting an impressive title challenge and Saturday's 1-0 win against Watford...

Sir Alex Ferguson rates Pochettino as Prem's best - Tottenham MP Lammy

ESPN FC's Ale Moreno reacts to Sir Alex Ferguson's assertion that Mauricio Pochettino is the best manager in the Prem.
Mauricio Pochettino admits his side are in a good position in the Premier League and insists he believes his players can fight for the title.

Sir Alex Ferguson rates Mauricio Pochettino as the best manager in the Premier League, according to the MP for Tottenham.

Pochettino has transformed Tottenham into a side capable of challenging for the title this season, with Spurs currently second in the Premier League table and five points behind leaders Leicester City.

Spurs have the best goal difference and defensive record in the top flight, and former United boss Ferguson has taken note of Pochettino's work, according to MP and Spurs fan David...

Harry Kane says Tottenham have gotten rid of 'bad eggs'

Mauricio Pochettino admits his side are in a good position in the Premier League and insists he believes his players can fight for the title.

Harry Kane believes Tottenham's improvement this season is because the club is rid of its "bad eggs."

Mauricio Pochettino remodelled his squad into a leaner, fitter and younger group as Vlad Chiriches, Kyle Naughton, Etienne Capoue, Aaron Lennon, Paulinho, Younes Kaboul, Benjamin Stambouli, Lewis Holtby, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Roberto Soldado all left Tottenham last season.

Pochettino's ruthlessness has paid off, with Spurs currently second in the Premier League table after 25 matches, five points...

Prem Forecaster: Leicester now title faves, Newcastle clear of drop zone

Former Arsenal player Sol Campbell believes that Leicester City can win the Premier League title if they keep their nerve.

On the 25th matchday of the 2014-15 Premier League season, Leicester City lost 2-1 at Arsenal, falling deeper into the Premier League basement with just 17 points.

One year later, Leicester City won its 25th game of the season, beating Manchester City 3-1 on Saturday and moving five points clear atop the league table (53 total points).

While the Foxes were already in first place entering the weekend, Saturday's win moved them atop the virtual standings for the first time this season. They are now the title favorite, according to both ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI) and the bookmakers.

Let's examine how this wild weekend affected the Premier League's three major races -- the title, top-four and relegation battles -- using SPI's projections (click here for more info on SPI). Plus, we preview two high-stakes matchups this weekend: Arsenal-Leicester City and Manchester City-Tottenham.

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