Pochettino still irked by Burnley Wembley draw


Mauricio Pochettino admits he’s still annoyed by conceding a stoppage time equaliser when we last faced Burnley at Wembley in August.

An article on Sky Sports describes how we are now a point and a place behind the Clarets and the Argentinian is out for revenge in the return fixture at Turf Moor on Saturday.

The article points out that we were expected to sweep Burnley aside in our early meeting this season but after Dele Alli gave us the lead, Burnley record-signing Chris Wood levelled in the 92nd minute after we wasted a host of chances.

It goes on to describe how we have won only two of our last seven league games, however we are only three points behind our tally at the same stage last season, however we find ourselves in seventh on the back of the 4-1 defeat by Manchester City last Sunday.

The article goes on to say our manager was asked about the dropped points against Burnley in August, and Pochettino said: “Yes. I was so, so, so frustrated with that situation because I think we dominated the game and the way we dropped two points was terrible for us.But now we move on. Our idea is to try to win Saturday. It will be very tough.

He added: “They believe a lot in the way that they play and I think at home they are a very, very tough side and I think for us it’s massive the three points.We need to be ready and we are ready to fight because it will be a battle.”

The article adds how we made our move up the table this time last season with a run of nine straight wins in December and January that eventually helped us secure second place and their highest league finish since the Double season of 1960-61.

It does go on to say that Sean Dyche’s side present a formidable obstacle and have lost just one of their last eight Premier League home games, winning five and conceding just two goals, adding that their tally of 32 points is the highest the club has amassed in the top-flight at this stage of a season since 1973-74 and Pochettino was quick to heap praise on his opposite number.
He added: “The patience of the project that they build is fantastic.
“He’s a fantastic manager when he was in the Championship and he’s a fantastic manager when he’s in the Premier League.
“I think in this Premier League for Burnley to be in the position that they are in is to praise the chairman, everyone; the manager, the kit man, the grass man, because they are doing a fantastic job on the Premier League.”

The article adds how we will be without Toby Alderwebireld [ankle] and Victor Wanyama [knee] but both players are close to a return an Colombia Defender Davinson Sanchez returns to the Spurs squad after serving a three-match ban.

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