Po­chet­tino wants Spurs to step on the gas

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LON­DON: Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino ad­mits Tot­ten­ham have no mar­gin for er­ror as they try to make up ground in the ti­tle race with a win against Burn­ley yes­ter­day Po­chet­tino’s side cur­rently oc­cupy fifth place in the Premier League table af­ter last sea­son’s tilt at the ti­tle saw them pipped by Le­ices­ter and then fall be­hind Arse­nal on the fi­nal day.

That top four fin­ish qualified them for the Cham­pi­ons League but fail­ure to get be­yond the group stage of Europe’s elite club com­pe­ti­tion this term has left a cloud of dis­ap­point­ment over White Hart Lane. And with Premier League lead­ers Chelsea al­ready 10 points clear of their Lon­don ri­vals, Tot­ten­ham boss Po­chet­tino knows his team must put to­gether a win­ning run over Christ­mas to re­main in the ti­tle hunt. “Maybe we feel dis­ap­pointed for the Cham­pi­ons League and the ex­pec­ta­tions were, from the be­gin­ning, too high,” Po­chet­tino said. “But it’s true that af­ter 16 games in Premier League we have four points more (than this stage last sea­son) and the gap with the sec­ond in the table is four points and 10 with the top with Chelsea. “We can see that we have im­proved a bit from last sea­son but that feel­ing is dif­fi­cult to put away be­cause the dis­ap­point­ment, the frus­tra­tion with the Cham­pi­ons League that killed a lit­tle bit the pos­i­tives of what we are do­ing from the be­gin­ning of the sea­son.”

If Spurs have main­tained their level it is also true that Chelsea have im­proved theirs, as have Liver­pool to join Arse­nal and Manch­ester City in the top four. “Liver­pool or Chelsea are not in­volved in Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion and their in­vest­ment in the sum­mer was mas­sive,” Po­chet­tino added. “It’s nor­mal that they im­prove on the sum­mer their squad but I think we need to com­pare with us and try to im­prove ev­ery sea­son. “We are in a dif­fer­ent project, a dif­fer­ent phi­los­o­phy, and we need to take the pos­i­tive things. Some­times we have too much fo­cus on neg­a­tive things.” Tot­ten­ham mid­fielder Mousa Dem­bele is doubt­ful with a foot in­jury and the Burn­ley game comes too soon for Erik Lamela (hip) and Vin­cent Jans­son (an­kle). Burn­ley will be look­ing to im­prove on Wed­nes­day’s trip to Lon­don, which ended in a 1-0 de­feat at West Ham.

The Clarets were timid in the first 45 min­utes but dom­i­nated the sec­ond pe­riod with­out re­ward and man­ager Sean Dy­che is keen for a re­peat of the lat­ter rather than the former.

“You can’t af­ford just one good half at Tot­ten­ham,” he said. “Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino has done a bril­liant job there along with his play­ers, and they’re a force to be reck­oned with this sea­son with­out a shadow of a doubt. “We’ve got to be re­al­is­tic about the chal­lenge. There’s been good signs, we cre­ated chances. It’s tough home or away in this league, cer­tainly for clubs like our­selves. “We had three golden chances at West Ham and an un­for­tu­nate de­ci­sion goes against us.

“But we’ve got to take care of busi­ness our­selves. A few away games this sea­son the op­po­si­tion have been bet­ter than us, and we have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

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