Tottenham lost out on the title to Leicester last season and Pochettino felt at the time the whole world wanted to "kill" his team because Leicester were the people's favourites.
Tottenham Hotspur's Jan Vertonghen and Bournemouth's Benik Afobe, top, challenge for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth at White Hart Lane stadium in London, Satu.
"The gap is still four points which is a lot".
"The pressure is on Chelsea to win at Old Trafford and [that] will be very tough for them". We are fighting for ourselves to be there. "I'm finally giving something back to the team and that's what you see in that moment".
Pochettino's side struggled at the national stadium in the current campaign, with European matches played at the ground; Spurs exited the Champions League at the group stage and the Europa League against Belgian side Gent in the last 32.
Chelsea can restore their seven-point lead at the top of the table though with a win at Manchester United on Sunday (16:00 BST).
All Tottenham can do is keep racking up the wins - Saturday's was the seventh in a row - and raising the goal-difference advantage over Chelsea in case it matters.
Vincent Janssen bagged a rare goal in second-half stoppage time as Tottenham chalked up seven successive league wins for the first time since 1967.
Spurs were fully in control once Son Heung-Min hit the back of the net after 19 minutes and they held the lead until the break.
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Tottenham has dispelled notions it is over-reliant on Harry Kane by continuing to thrive during the top-scorer's injury absence. "We have to wait to see what happens", Pochettino said.
Leroy Sane finished a flowing move to make it two in the 77th minute and Sergio Aguero headed home three minutes later as City moved one point above Liverpool, who travel to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. The Italian scored two minutes after replacing the concussed Billy Jones, who was carried from the pitch while being given oxygen.
The home side fell behind as early as the fifth minute when Andre Ayew got the finishing touch to Andy Carroll's cross-shot but Wahbi Khazri scored direct from a corner midway through the first half to level matters.
But the Black Cats snatched a point at the death, reward for their second-half endeavour, thanks to substitute Borini while there was further drama at the finish as Hammers defender Sam Byram was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Crystal Palace recovered from two goals down to move seven points clear of the relegation zone.
Craig Shakespeare made only two changes ahead of Tuesday's home second leg with Atletico Madrid, when Leicester will try to overturn a 1-0 deficit.
Everton striker Romelu Lukaku struck three minutes later for his 24th league goal this season.
Spurs maintained their unbeaten home run in the Premier League this season with another four-goal victory on Saturday as they closed the gap to four points behind their West London rivals.