Pochettino likens Tottenham's Premier League plight to Alonso and Hamilton in F1

Difficult to win without the right tools – Pochettino makes Alonso analogy

Spurs received a further boost as Liverpool dropped more points in a 1-1 draw with West Ham on Monday and are now five points behind the leaders and two behind City.

The Spaniard, up against Lewis Hamilton in a far superior vehicle, finished 11th in the drivers' championship last season, something the Argentinian says was not down to his driving skills.

"Take the example of Fernando Alonso and compare with Lewis Hamilton".

Fernando Alonso, meanwhile, is recognised as one of the most talented drivers in the history of F1, but in recent seasons he has been lingering in midtable or lower in the driver rankings, with McLaren unable to provide a competitive vehicle.

He added: 'In the end to win the games, sometimes you need some luck.

"He gives you everything and then when he is exhausted he says he needs to be changed or needs to rest".

"We tried to play a bit more direct, and it was a fantastic effort to recover and win this game after we beat Watford in midweek", said Tottenham's manager. But if you put Hamilton in McLaren last season and Alonso in Mercedes, it's the same history [with where the cars would have finished] - Hamilton on the bottom and Alonso on the top.

18-year-old midfielder Oliver Skipp has broken into the team this season and Pochettino mentioned Parrott when asked about Skipp last month. "You can crash with an awesome auto and not win".

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"Also, you can have an fantastic vehicle but you can crash after the first bend".

Fernando Llorente could again lead the line against Newcastle on Saturday, having scored the late victor in Wednesday's 2-1 victory over Watford.

"In this period of the season the most important thing is to get the three points".

Pochettino, who declined to comment on Batshuayi, said he would allow Dutch striker Vincent Janssen back into the first team after the player failed to secure a move away.

"I am going to be happy to work with my players and I am so positive that we can win without or with [new] signings".

"Newcastle were a very well organised team who played deep and didn't give us much space, but I thought the positional game was good and we created some chances in the first half".

"Twenty four hours can make a massive difference", said Pochettino.

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