Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino believes the club have been underestimated this season, per BBC Sport.
Spurs remain in the title race in the closing stages of the season, sitting third in the Premier League, five points behind Manchester City and Liverpool.
It would take a major effort for the club to win the league, of course, with it likely that they will have to win all of their games to have any chance.
Pochettino, though, believes that he and his players were written off before the season began, having gone through the summer transfer window without spending a penny on new players, while also being forced to play at Wembley for asecond successive season.
Per BBC, he said: “I think from the beginning of the season, no one believed in this team. People maybe had different thoughts about us.
“This team with no signings, with the stadium not ready… come on, it’s not an important team, it’s not a team that is going to be ready to fight.
“People underestimate a little bit, only I want to translate that. Of course, the people recognise our job now.
“They are giving us the praise or the recognition that we deserve.”
Spurs face Burnley this weekend before a run of games that will see them play Chelsea and Arsenal in back-to-back London derbies and Borussia Dortmund in the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie. Pochettino’s men won the first leg 3-0 at Wembley.
But Arsenal fans believe that the Argentine should not be blowing his own horn, particularly given that he is yet to win a trophy at the club.
oh shut up.
— Argon Wenser (@Goon_err) February 22, 2019
Everyone believed that they would be around where they are now. Almost competing for everything.
— midas34 (@midas34) February 22, 2019
What have they won?
— Shaun thurling (@shaun_AFC_) February 22, 2019
— Ville (@sinnervilleFI) February 22, 2019
— Matt Wells (@matt149852) February 22, 2019
It’s nuts isn’t it, talking as if they’ve won CL or PL they completely bottled a 2 legged semi final against a poor Chelsea side it’s like they’re happy with nearly
— paul butler (@paulbutler1969) February 22, 2019
funny how the man who hates winning trophies is bigging up winning the league.
— Pierre Emerick Aubameyang Golden Boot (@Marblehalls_TV) February 22, 2019
Have they won the league?
— Marwan Edeeb® (@marwandeeb) February 22, 2019