Mousa Dembele is refusing to concede the Premier League title to Leicester City but, regardless of how the season pans out, he expects Tottenham to be serious title contenders in the coming years.
A home slip-up against West Brom on Monday means that Spurs are now seven points behind leaders Leicester with only three games left to play. Leicester will be champions if they win at Old Trafford against Manchester United on Sunday.
Dembele however insists that Spurs must retain belief and be focused on their own job in trying to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
While he admits things are now looking tough for Mauricio Pochettino’s team, nobody at White Hart Lane is giving up just yet, says the midfielder.
“We have to believe in it still,” Dembele told Sky Sports. “It’s not going to be easy and we’re in a different scenario now than we were [before Monday night] to be honest.
“Last week was very disappointing and in the end we need to win the three games we have left. We don’t have it in our own hands so it’s a bit different.”
Leicester are 1.04 to be crowned champions this season while Tottenham are now 12.00. For Dembele, this season has been one of great promise and he thinks Spurs are ready to be regular title challengers in the seasons ahead.
He expects the players to learn from it and the club to strengthen this summer. “Everybody can feel like we’re making this step [forward].
We’re playing well as a team and we can only do better next year,” he added.
“Next year, the top teams will be stronger but I think we will be stronger as well. You can see the vibe, there’s a positive future for us.”