Poch outlines mistake Spurs can’t afford to repeat against Chelsea

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham fell to a 2-1 defeat to Burnley at Turf More on Saturday thus passing up a great opportunity to put pressure on the front two. Tottenham came into the game on the back of a great run of form and had a 10-day break after they thrashed Dortmund 3-0 at Wembley.

Additionally, Harry Kane was fit to start and made his first appearance in over the month but Spurs simply didn’t do enough to get three points from the game. The first half was quite cagey as Burnley were prepared to sit deep and successfully stifled Spurs.

The home side then took the lead through a corner, following which Pochettino brought on Fernando Llorente and Erik Lamela, thus switching the system to a back four. However, the changes certainly didn’t have the desired effect on the game as Burnley got a lot of joy when they went long to Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood.

Pochettino has admitted that Spurs didn’t adapt to the change in style well enough and also that they didn’t show enough fight to get the better of Sean Dyche’s men.

The Argentine insisted that Tottenham cannot afford to make the same mistakes against Chelsea if they want to get three points from the game.

Speaking to Football.London, Pochettino said, “It is so important to remember what happened against Burnley because of course it is going to be a different game against Chelsea, but it is so important that you need to give you best and at some point in certain areas you need to be available to improve when you play with different styles.

“We didn’t against Burnley, we were not willing to fight in the same way and that is why we lost. If you are much, much, much better in possession and you make the difference in that way of course, but we weren’t capable to match them in that situation.

“In possession with the ball we didn’t impose our quality. That is why we feel so disappointed because we didn’t create enough.”

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