Tottenham head coach Ange Postecoglou believes his team still are in the Premier League title race.
Tottenham started the season with the eighth win from the first 10 games under new coach Postecoglou. However, they suffered four defeats in five games after injuries to key players.
Spurs are in fifth place in the table, six points behind leaders Liverpool after 20 matches played.
“By that definition, if I said ‘no,’ you’d turn around and say ‘Come on, Ange’ because by definition we are [in the title race], aren’t we? So yes, we are,” he said on Friday.
“I’ve said that all along, until you’re at the point where you’re not, why would you discount the possibility?”
Tottenham are also only a point behind Arsenal and Manchester City ahead of Sunday’s clash at Manchester United.
Postecoglou continued: “We’ve gone through a really tough period but we’ve been hanging in there. We had four games where the results went against us but we’ve clawed our way back.
“We had a little setback, we’re still in there. I think our performances for the most part have been pretty consistent but again, all of that is meaningless unless we finish the season stronger than we did the first and that’s what we’ve got to do.”
Tottenham has signed striker Timo Werner on loan and Genoa defender Radu Dragusin for €30 million in January.
Asked about possible more new signings in January, Postecoglou said: “We’ll see. We had some pretty clear objectives which we’ve ticked off for now.
“We’re still … I think I said every window is an opportunity for us to get better. If there’s an opportunity for us to get better we’ll take it, but what we were trying to achieve going into it I’m really pleased we’ve got two players in who I think will play a really important part for us in this second half of the year and beyond.”