Ben Davies insists Tottenham won't give up in the title race
Mauricio Pochettino’s men showed their fighting spirit to beat Swansea as late goals from Dele Alli, Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen saw them keep up the pressure on their London rivals.
Antonio Conte’s Blues lead Spurs by seven points, but lost to relegation strugglers Crystal Palace last weekend. And they were lucky not to concede a 91st-minute equaliser to Manchester City on Wednesday when John Stones somehow fired over from six yards.
Tottenham have won five consecutive league games, and Davies knows they must be ready to take advantage if Chelsea slip up again.
“There’s always a chance of catching Chelsea,” said the Wales defender. “Three points is always our aim in every game we play. The manager tells us the same – to pick up three points and move on to the next game.
Tottenham have won their last five Premier League games
“If Chelsea do slip up then we have to be on their tails to catch them. Every game from now until the end of the season is not going to be easy, but if we can grind out results like we have been doing, then it’s great.”
Pochettino argued last season’s Tottenham side would have probably lost at the Liberty Stadium having trailed for so long after Wayne Routledge’s strike.
Spurs were just five points away from surprise winners Leicester with four games to go last term, but draws with West Brom and Chelsea and defeats against Southampton and already-relegated Newcastle saw them finish third in a two-horse race for the title.
They are made of sterner stuff these days. Since Pochettino took over at White Hart Lane in 2014, Spurs have won 53 points from losing positions in the league. This time it was goals from Alli, Son and Eriksen in the last six minutes that kept their title hopes alive.
And Davies believes Tottenham’s stunning comeback is proof they are going from strength to strength.
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“Swansea was a very tough game – they were very organised and made it difficult for us,” said Davies, who was substituted in the second half as Pochettino searched for a way back into the game.
“But in the end, when you’ve got people like Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen in your team, players that can make something out of nothing, it pays off.
“Games like this show we’ve matured as a team from last year. These games can be tough and to come out of it with a win is great.”
Chelsea have difficult trips to Manchester United and Everton in the title run-in, while Spurs still have most of the current bottom half to play.
But even if they fail to catch Chelsea this season and miss out on what would be a first league title in over 50 years, Davies reckons Pochettino’s youngsters can still challenge for major honours in the years to come.
“There is a good group of players at this club,” added the 23-year-old. “There are a couple of years left in us, so I’d like to think we could compete. Our aim is just to kick on every year.”
Davies has impressed in an unfamiliar wing-back role in the absence of Danny Rose, who is still recovering from a knee injury he suffered in January.
“I’ve had a nice run of games now and hopefully it can continue,” said Davies. “It’s always about maintaining high standards and that’s what we’ve got to keep on doing.
“Wherever the manager wants you to do a job, you’ve got to do that. For me, as long as I’m out on the field, that’s all that matters.”