MAURICIO POCHETTINO has thrown in the Prem title race towel — in November.
Tottenham’s failure to beat managerless West Brom at Wembley left them ten points behind leaders Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s team can extend that to 13 points with a win at promoted Huddersfield.
Asked if the 1-1 draw ended the Londoners’ realistic chances of catching City, Pochettino said: “Yes. It’s true now that the gap is ten points and it’s massive in the Premier League.
“But now we need to be focused and try to improve ourselves.
“Be more consistent at Wembley and try to win more games here — like we did last season at White Hart Lane.
“It’s different to the Lane, of course, but that is our reality. We cannot escape from our reality.
“Our reality is playing here and waiting for our new stadium.
“That’s not an excuse, the team is doing well.
“We’re only disappointed because the team dropped two points.”
Danny Rose was left out of Tottenham’s squad for a second week in a row.
And that will add more fuel to stories he is on his way out of the club.
Asked if Rose was OK with being dropped again, Poch said: “Like other players, it isn’t easy.”
And when pushed over whether Rose was carrying an injury, the Spurs boss said: “No, he was training all week.”
But Dele Alli backed Pochettino to deliver silverware at Spurs — and hailed him as “massive” in his development.
Dele has been in great form after a sloppy start to the season.
And the England midfielder, 21, said: “He’s massive to me, a big help.
“Every day in training and in everyday life he pushes you, making you a better person and player.
“He’s a massive role in my career. We work together a lot, we speak a lot — it is important for a young player, to have a manager you can trust.
“He wants to help you improve and push you on.
“We put all our trust in him, that’s the main thing.
“We know his decision is the best for the team. It’s important we keep on pushing forward.
“It’s important we don’t stand still and say: ‘This is our level’.
“The team we’ve got is capable of pushing forward and aiming higher.”