Mousa Dembele: Victory at Stoke shows Spurs have the mental strength for title run-in

Tottenham’s emphatic victory over Stoke proves they have the mental strength to win their remaining four games and fight for the title until the final day, says Mousa Dembele.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli both struck twice as Spurs triumphed 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium on Monday night and cut Leicester’s lead to five points.

Dembele said: “It’s one of the best performances so that says something. We just want it [the title] and we’re not scared of it.

“This is the situation where you can see if we are ready or not. The pressure is there. Everyone knows it will be very difficult but we play like this so you can see the mentality is there. Everyone wants it and we just manage to keep playing our game.

“Everyone expected it would be very difficult [at Stoke] and the circumstances are very special because we know we have to win these games, and if you can win playing like this it’s even better.

“In the past it was very difficult as well [at the Britannia Stadium]. But everyone saw the way we played - confident, direct, creative, positive.

“We’re very proud and we keep moving on. Every week is the most important game of the season - every week we say we need to win it. We hope it goes to the final day - that’s our aim, of course.”

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Tottenham’s hopes of catching Leicester have been boosted by the fact that Foxes striker Jamie Vardy is now facing a suspension.

The 29-year-old has scored 22 top-flight goals this season – including three in his last two games – but he was sent off in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against West Ham and has since been charged with improper conduct for his angry reaction, which is likely to mean he will miss two of Leicester’s last four games.

Dembele said: “It’s one of their best players so it’s good for us of course, but we concentrate on our own game. It’s good everyone is there [for us], nobody is injured. Everyone is mentally ready so that’s the most important thing.”

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