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Roberto Martinez believes Tottenham Hotspur showed against Liverpool that they can compete for the title

Speaking on Amazon Prime after the game on Wednesday (h/t Football.london), former Everton manager and current Amazon Prime pundit Roberto Martinez noted that Tottenham Hotspur showed their title-winning pedigree in the loss to Liverpool.

After going into half-time with the score at 1-1, Tottenham Hotspur started the second-half looking the better side.

Jose Mourinho’s men defended diligently and had a number of opportunities on the break. They came closest to scoring when Steven Bergwijn hit the Liverpool post with 30 minutes to go in the game.

Robert Martinez believes Mourinho has instilled resilience within the Spurs side. (GETTY Images)

Robert Martinez believes Mourinho has instilled resilience within the Spurs side. (GETTY Images)

Jose Mourinho revealed that even a draw would have not satisfied him and that Spurs deserved a win from the game.

However, Martinez saw the positive side of things and explained how he believes Tottenham showed that they are capable of going all the way this season.

“I think we’ve seen that Spurs have got the mentality to compete for the title.”

The former Wigan Athletic manager noted that winning games and winning titles are two different things. He believes that Spurs now look like they can finally push for the league this season. (h/t football.london)

Roberto Firmino scores the winning goal for Liverpool against Tottenham Hotspur. (GETTY Images)

Roberto Firmino scores the winning goal for Liverpool against Tottenham Hotspur in the 90th minute to grab all 3 points. (GETTY Images)

Noting the Lilywhites’ performance against Liverpool, he stated that title-winning teams don’t need to be the best side in the game but need to stay within striking distance of getting a win on the day.

“To win titles, you need to be the worst side in the game sometimes and find a way to stay in the game… we saw that in some stages tonight.”

Martinez even said that if a team ever has to lose a game, it should be how Spurs did against Liverpool. The Spaniard believes that the change in tide at Spurs has been only possible because of one man – their manager.

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Jose Mourinho walks alongside Jurgen Klopp after the full-time whistle.. (GETTY Images)

Jose Mourinho walks alongside Jurgen Klopp after the full-time whistle following Spurs’ 2-1 defeat at Anfield. (GETTY Images)

Despite having less than 30% possession, Tottenham arguably had the better chances to win the game. While Martinez’s words offer some consolation to the grieving fans, it doesn’t completely overshadow the despair of defeat.

Spurs are now 2nd in the table, 3 points behind new league leaders Liverpool. The Lilywhites welcome 4th-placed Leicester City this weekend in the Premier League.

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