Henry: I never thought I'd say this… Tottenham can win the league!

The former Arsenal striker believes Mauricio Pochettino's side, who are currently second in the table, have what it takes to win the title for the first time since 1961

Thierry Henry believes Tottenham Hotspur can win the Premier League title this season.

A 1-0 win over Watford on February 6 moved Spurs into second place - just five points behind surprise leaders Leicester City - with 13 games remaining in the 2015-16 campaign.

And while the former Arsenal striker admits he does not like praising the Gunners' north London rivals, he has conceded that they deserve "a lot of credit" for their excellent campaign so far.

"Tottenham are doing so well, and they are a good side," Henry told  Sky Sports . "I never thought in my life I'd be saying this, but they can win the league and deserve a lot of credit.

"What was missing at White Hart Lane was stability and consistency, and for once Daniel Levy showed a bit of patience with his manager. Mauricio Pochettino is the right guy.

"They have a lot of young players, and they are not just playing cameo roles, they are a factor in the team.

"They have a great goalscorer [Harry Kane] and Christian Eriksen can provide, Mousa Dembele can hold and play, and Dele Alli is a great player too. On top, they have a good goalkeeper, which is very important.

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"Pochettino is a good coach and has the club believing they can win the league. And yes, I think they can win the league."

Tottenham travel to Manchester City on Sunday afternoon looking to close the gap on Leicester, who face Henry's old side Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium earlier in the day.

And the Sky Sports pundit believes Claudio Ranieri's side could also finish on top of the pile this term.

"I believe Leicester can win the league, but they were the ones to believe it first," he added. "Claudio Ranieri has done an amazing job instilling belief, and they can see the light at the end of the tunnel because they are not far away. It is always difficult to finish it off, but I think they can.

"They are top of the league because they are the only side that plays as a team at the moment. You can have money and great players, but if you don't play as a team and show consistency, then the likes of Leicester will perform.

"They are up there for a reason, and at the moment they are the best team."