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Tottenham have lost just four league games under Pochettino this season.

Tottenham's terrific season is at threat of being overlooked because of Leicester City's rise

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Whilst we're all bracing ourselves for one of the biggest shocks in Premier League history, spare a thought for poor old Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham Hotspur. 

It's not all bad for the north Londoners, of course - they sit a dignified second in the table - eight points ahead of local rivals Arsenal - and are all but guaranteed Champions League football next season.

But has Leicester City's miracle campaign overshadowed Tottenham's gradual rise to the top?

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It’s reasonable to suggest that this is Spurs' greatest ever Premier League season, but it's at threat of being greatly underappreciated due to the astonishing success league-leaders Leicester are set to achieve.

The Foxes are five points clear at the top and whilst some Tottenham supporters will be happy to settle for second, in the back of their minds they must be thinking: why did Leicester chose this season to pull off the impossible?

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The truth is, Spurs' campaign has all the characteristics of a title-winning season, with Pochettino earning much of the plaudits for the work he has done since taking over.

It's been been a revolutionary breakthrough for young, English talent at White Hart Lane, with top goalscorer Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker all peforming superbly throughout the campaign and on course to represent England at this summer's European Championships.

Alli in particular put in a man-of-the-match performance against Germany in March, where Kane and Dier also played well and scored vital goals. It was an exciting moment for England fans watching Tottenham's youth terrorising the World Cup holders' defence.

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Kane also leads the way as the Premier League's top goalscorer on 24, two ahead of Jamie Vardy and Sergio Aguero. The fact the 22-year-old has been nominated for both the PFA Young and Player of the Year awards speaks volumes about how good a player he has become.

Some will argue that Spurs and Leicester's abrupt title charge is down to the lack of quality in the Premier League this season, especially from England's 'elite' sides.

It's a plausible argument, of course. Chelsea are currently tenth after an underwhelming campaign, Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are in transition, Manchester City have lost their way at various points this season and Arsenal have, quite simply, done an 'Arsenal' and capitulated since the turn of 2016.

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It's difficult to determine whether Tottenham have capitalised on other teams' omissions and been more clinical or if they actually have the talent throughout their squad to challenge at the top for the foreseeable future.

However, what's certain is the Lilywhites are playing their best football under Pochettino and they fully deserve a place in next season's Champions League.

The heavy aggregate defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League came as a major blow to Tottenham, yet their domestic performances give fans reason to be buoyant about what the future holds - even if they do lose out on the Premier League title.

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