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EPL: Spurs Crush Stoke To Pile Pressure On Leicester

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Tottenham piled pressure on Leicester with a convincing 4-0 victory over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Monday night.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli both scored twice as Spurs closed the gap on Claudio Ranieri’s side – who played out a 2-2 draw with West Ham on Sunday, to cut the deficit at the top of the table to five points.

Kane’s 26th goal of the season in all competitions, opened the scoring for the visitors in the 9th minute, as the English man finished clinically from the edge of the box, with Alli doubling the advantage midway through the second half.

Kane added to his tally four minutes later, before Alli’s volley 8th – minute from time rounded off the scoring as the North Londoner’s kept their title hopes very much alive.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have now lost only once in their last 16 games.

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“It is a big signal that we are there waiting and fighting. If Leicester fail we need to be there,” Pochettino said.

“We need to try and put pressure on Leicester to reduce the gap. This is our dream, we need to believe that it is possible. It is good for the competition that we are in behind to try and put pressure on Leicester.

“I think this is an exciting moment for the club. I am focused on our team but anything can happen in football. The most important thing is the performance we showed today was perfect.

“We dominated the game and fully deserve the result. We showed character, hungry, passion. The players deserve all the prizes and the credit.”

Jane, who is now the top scorer in the league with 24-goals, added: “We are ready to put the pressure on Leicester. We think we can do it. Leicester are five points ahead but we have closed the gap, that’s all we could do.

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“We are not going anywhere. We scored four but could have had six or seven. It is one of our best performances all season but that’s what we can do. Leicester dropped points and I have been itching to play. I had to wait a whole day and a half.”

Leicester face Swansea on Sunday while Spurs will host West Bromwich Albion on Monday night, as they will be hoping to take advantage of their last four games to wipe out the deficit and claim their first Premier League title since 1961.

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