Tottenham's season to be defined by next 10 matches - Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham's next 10 matches will determine if they are genuine contenders for the Premier League title.
Only Arsenal and Manchester City picked up more points than Spurs in 2015 and Pochettino's side have begun the New Year in fourth place, just four points behind leaders Arsenal.
After picking up three wins over Christmas -- the only side other than Stoke City to do so -- Spurs face a relatively kind run of fixtures, with no matches against last season's top six until a trip to the City of Manchester Stadium on Feb. 14.
Pochettino believes the next 10 games will define Spurs' season.
"I think we need to arrive in the last 10 games with the possibility to fight for the objectives," the Spurs head coach is quoted as saying by The Daily Express.
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"In the next nine, 10 games we will maybe make the mark on how we finish on the table."
Spurs have never finished above fourth in the Premier League but Pochettino is confident in his young squad's ability, and says his players will continue to let their football do the talking.
"Am I confident? Yes, because I think we are very quiet.
"The good thing is we don't speak too much but we work very hard and I think it is most important how we behave inside, so that we can speak outside.
"Because football is about winning games and to win games and to be close to winning games, you need to work hard and to show better quality than the opponent.
"We believe in ourselves. We are very confident and in football a lot can happen. We believe. The only way we cannot achieve all that we can in football is if we stop working hard.
"It is always a challenge to try to improve every day because if you stop improving you start to go backwards.
"How? This is a good question, it's our quality and our creativity and this is because we work every day. It's our motivation every day to try to improve and develop new ideas."
Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.