Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino says his side Premier League clash, Burnley vs Tottenham is “final” in a decisive week in the Premier League title race.
Pochettino said this with respected to the weekend fixtures which sees leaders Manchester City tackle out of the league action to Chelsea at Wembley, and second-placed Liverpool heading to Manchester United on Sunday afternoon, he believes his side could close in the gap to two points.
It will give Spurs a better chance to contend for the league title if they win and Liverpool lose at Old Trafford.
Defining the weekend, Pochettino said it’s a final
“‘It could be a massive weekend,” he said. “The football this weekend is like a final for us at Burnley.
”It’s going to be key in the future of the competition, the Premier League. It’s a massive three points.
”We feel that and hope that we can translate that to the players during the whole week that we’ve been working that idea that the most important game is Saturday.
”If we’re going to (be) capable to win the three points, to see us close to them (Liverpool and Man City), things will happen in different games but whether we get close to them or keep the distance, we’ll see what happens with the top four too.
”That’s why it’s a massive three points for us. That’s why it’s no point of thinking of anything else.”
Tottenham has games against Chelsea, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund in the space of six days following the visit to the Clarets, it would be easy for focus to lie elsewhere, but Pochettino admits his side will regret if they do not make the most use of their games.
“‘We know that people are talking about Chelsea, Arsenal and Dortmund but for us the focus was to translate the idea that Burnley is going to be tough,” he added.
”If we are capable of being focused and winning against Burnley, then we are going to see in a different way the next few games but if not, it’s going to be tough.
”For Burnley I need to be more motivated and with more energy than in other games. We need to believe that the three points against Burnley will be decisive.
”If we don’t think this way and we go to Burnley thinking, ‘OK, the important game is Chelsea or Arsenal’, then we are going to struggle.
”And then we are going to regret it. Saturday is the most important game in the period we have ahead.
”And it is going to be easy to motivate them. This game, after 10 days in which we didn’t compete, to be focused is the most important thing.”