Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Liverpool and Manchester City “are the real contenders” for the Premier League title, despite his side thrashing Bournemouth to go second in the table.
A ruthless Spurs made it five league wins in a row and scored their 11th goal in four days to move above City after the reigning champions were beaten at Leicester.
Pochettino’s side remain six points behind leaders Liverpool, who host Arsenal before travelling to City in their next two games.
“It is one thing to be a point above them, but Manchester City are the reigning champions and Liverpool are doing fantastic,” said Pochettino.
Right-back Kyle Walker-Peters put in a superb performance as he created all three of Spurs’ first-half goals against Bournemouth at Wembley.
The 21-year-old teed up Christian Eriksen to open the scoring with a deflected effort, before Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura strikes put the hosts firmly in control.
Harry Kane added a fourth from a clever Eriksen pass and Son grabbed his second after a scramble in the Bournemouth box.
“We are in a very good position, but Liverpool and Manchester City are the real contenders,” added Pochettino.
“We are between them and there is still a lot of work to do.”
The hosts rode their luck moments before Eriksen’s opener, with Ryan Fraser heading against team-mate Junior Stanislas on the line and David Brooks just unable to lift Jefferson Lerma’s pass over goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
But Spurs made the visitors pay with three goals in 22 minutes as Eriksen’s drive struck Lerma to wrong-foot goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, before Son finished smartly from the edge of the box and Moura turned in Walker-Peters’ clever pull-back.
Kane volleyed in just after the hour mark to effectively put the game beyond the Cherries, and Son continued his impressive run of form by adding his second 20 minutes from time.