Playing Stoke will be harder than Chelsea, says Mauricio Pochettino

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A brace from Christian Eriksen earned Tottenham a sixth successive Premier League victory as they won 2-1 at struggling Stoke on Saturday.

In the race to finish in the top four, we now have the same points as Liverpool.

"This is the most competitive league in the world and there are a lot of great teams but we've reduced the gap to them", said Spurs captain Hugo Lloris.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says that Stoke City were tougher to beat than Chelsea.

"Now we are ready to compete against them and we must maintain that, because Tottenham have to stay at this level". What I hear or what I can feel, because I didn't talk with the players, it's not a point to discuss.

The visitors had twice led through second-half finishes from Luka Milivojevic and Wilfried Zaha, but with King's goal were then denied the crucial victory that would have taken them five points clear of the bottom three.

Spurs' lead was restored just after the hour as Eriksen doubled his tally, the playmaker awarded the goal despite Kane claiming to have got the slightest of touches to his free-kick.

Mounie ended Huddersfield's Premier League goal drought on 427 minutes, the Benin striker netting for the seventh time in the league this term.

Stoke's winless streak has now been extended to nine games, although they showed plenty of fight having been beaten by four-goal margins in each of their last four games against Tottenham.

The Belgium worldwide was declared fit by national team boss Roberto Martinez during the two-week break from Premier League action and he started in a 4-0 win over Saudi Arabia but Pochettino chose to leave him out of the squad to face Chelsea on their return to domestic action last weekend. Then he got the injury and players like Davinson [Sanchez] and [Jan] Vertonghen stepped up - and you have got to deserve to play.

"I think the performance was very professional", he added.

A number of Spurs players have continued to build their reputations over the current campaign and Jenas thinks if Tottenham can keep hold of talents such as Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli they will have done well.