London: Tottenham Hotspur face a “cup ultimate” in opposition to Burnley on Saturday if they’re to remain within the hunt for the Premier League title, supervisor Mauricio Pochettino mentioned within the buildup to the conflict.
After a much-needed relaxation, Pochettino’s facet face an important run of video games with consecutive London derbies in opposition to Chelsea and Arsenal earlier than the second leg of their Champions League final 16 tie away to Borussia Dortmund.
Whereas a visit to Turf Moor, on paper, appears to be like to be the least daunting of these fixtures, the Argentine coach mentioned his gamers should neglect about what lies forward and focus “200 %” on overcoming a Burnley facet unbeaten in seven league video games.
A fifth straight league win for Tottenham would depart them simply two factors behind leaders Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool in what has been labelled a “two-horse” title race.
“Our focus for the entire week was to present the gamers the concept a very powerful for us is Burnley,” Pochettino, who might have high striker Harry Kane again after an earlier-than-expected restoration from an ankle harm, advised reporters.
“We all know that persons are speaking about Chelsea, Arsenal and Dortmund however for us the main target was to translate the concept Burnley goes to be robust.
“For Burnley we should be extra motivated and with extra power than in different video games. We have to consider that the three factors in opposition to Burnley will probably be decisive. It’s like a cup ultimate.”
When Tottenham had been vying for the Premier League title with Leicester Metropolis in 2016, they typically needed to play after their rivals — a state of affairs that ultimately proved an excessive amount of.
This season, Tottenham have responded properly to the searing tempo being set by the highest two. With Metropolis in League Cup ultimate motion in opposition to Chelsea on Sunday and Liverpool dealing with a colossal problem in opposition to a rejuvenated Manchester United, title-outsiders Spurs have an opportunity to use actual stress.
“It’s going to be key in the way forward for the competitors, the Premier League. It’s a large three factors at stake,” Pochettino mentioned.
“But when we go to Burnley pondering ‘OK, the necessary sport is Chelsea or Arsenal’, then we’re going to battle, after which we’re going to remorse it.”
Inevitably, speak of the psychological stress of a title run-in surfaces at this stage of the season, however Pochettino believes that, finally, high quality on the pitch is decisive.
“We give an excessive amount of (significance) to the psychological facet,” he added.
“Soccer is about high quality. High quality and the capability to carry out below stress. It’s essential to present why you’re a high participant below stress. However that could be a high quality that you may’t work. Both you might be or you aren’t.”
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