Tottenham Hotspur manager, Mauricio Pochettino says his side displayed a title winning spirit when they ended Chelsea’s 13-game winning run on Wednesday.
The Blues were hopeful of becoming the first English Premier League team to win 14 successive top-flight games in the same season.
But England midfielder, Dele Alli headed in each half to give Tottenham their 5th consecutive win.
Pochettino told reporters after the match, “I think it was a little bit tough last season to explain why in the end we didn’t win the title or lift a trophy.
“In different games I think we missed being more competitive like it was today. For me, what it means to be competitive is like today. Work hard, but compete in this type of game.
“You need to play, to suffer, to fight. Sometimes you need to give possession to them because they push you and in that moment you need to work hard and be strong in your mind.
“We need to be pleased and proud because we understand what it means to be competitive when maybe you cannot play in the way you normally play.
“I think it was important for us to reduce the gap. “Now the top four is very competitive. The gap still is important for Chelsea, but I think it was a perfect thing for us to arrive to third place and be close.
“That is important for us and it’s a lot of games to arrive before the end of the season. A lot can happen in football.”