The important message Pochettino has given to Spurs players ahead of Burnley

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Tottenham will have had a 10-day break since they last played before they take to the field against Burnley on Saturday.

The break was certainly much needed given their busy schedule over the past few months and it has enabled the likes of Harry Kane and Ben Davies to return to first-team action after recovering from injury.

Spurs once again have a busy few weeks to look forward to as they have back to back London derbies against Chelsea and Arsenal after playing Burnley, before they travel to Borussia Dortmund for the second leg of the Champions League round of 16.

Given Liverpool’s and Manchester City’s form this season, Spurs will likely have to beat both Chelsea and Arsenal to remain in the title race. However, Mauricio Pochettino has warned his players that they cannot afford to think about those games before they get three points against Burnley.

The 46-year-old said that it is vital Spurs beat Burnley and go into the tough run of fixtures with a positive frame of mind.

Speaking to Football.London, the Argentine said, “For us, the most important game is Saturday, not the games after. For me the most important game is Burnley.

“If we’re capable to win the three points there we’re going to see the game against Chelsea in a different way. I think it’s so important to win and that the mentality is good.

“I hope in the ten days we had to work, I translated the message: don’t think about Chelsea, Arsenal or Dortmund, it’s only about focusing on Burnley because it’s going to be tough.”

“We can struggle if we’re not focused 100 per cent on competing in the best way. We need to compete in the best way on Saturday and then in football everything can happen.

“But if you are focused and don’t think about the day after, I think you’re going to be close to winning because we have the quality That is the key part of the game for Saturday. I think we can be our worst enemy if we don’t think in that way.”

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