Mauricio Pochettino admits this weekend is a vital one within the battle for the Premier League title.
Spurs get the weekend underneath means – for the title-chasing groups at the least after two Friday night time soccer video games – once they journey to tackle Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday lunchtime.
Manchester Metropolis usually are not in motion resulting from enjoying within the Carabao Cup ultimate towards Chelsea on Sunday, with Liverpool taking up massive rivals Manchester United at Outdated Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
And whereas Spurs face London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal within the house of 4 days subsequent week, Pochettino’s sole focus is on the Clarets.
He stated: “Our focus for the entire week was to present the gamers the concept crucial [game] for us is Burnley. We all know that persons are speaking about Chelsea, Arsenal and Dortmund however for us the main focus was to translate the concept Burnley goes to be robust.
“If we’re able to being centered and successful towards Burnley, then we’re going to see otherwise the subsequent few video games but when not, it is going to be robust.”
Pochettino has overseen a few seasons of close to misses for Tottenham, particularly in 2016 once they misplaced out on the title to Leicester Metropolis, and 2017 once they have been Chelsea’s closest challengers.
And he believes his group is prepared now.
“In 2016 we have been in an excellent place however the feeling was that we have been there and we stated ‘oh, why are we there being a contender when the plan wasn’t to be a contender?’ he stated.
“It was was as a result of all the opposite groups that ought to have been a contender failed. After which the stress was about successful the title. I believe it is completely different this season. It is tough to match. After a number of years being there within the prime 4 I believe nobody talked an excessive amount of about us. However we’re there. If we’re able to believing that we will push on the final second and maintain pushing and successful video games, perhaps we will shock everybody.
“However crucial for us is to imagine that the subsequent sport is crucial. For Burnley I must be extra motivated and with extra power than in different video games. We have to imagine that the three factors towards Burnley can be decisive. If we do not suppose this fashion and we go to Burnley considering ‘OK, the necessary sport is Chelsea or Arsenal’, then we’re going to battle.
“After which we’re going to remorse it. Saturday is crucial sport within the interval we’ve got forward. And it’ll be straightforward to inspire them. This sport, after 10 days wherein we did not compete, to be centered is crucial factor.”
Pochettino additionally dismissed any speak of psychology coming into Tottenham’s run-in.
He added: “We give an excessive amount of [importance] to the psychological facet. Soccer is about high quality. High quality and the capability to carry out underneath stress. That you must present why you’re a prime participant underneath stress. However that could be a high quality which you can’t work. Both you’re or you aren’t.
“Both you have got the capability to take care of this stress or [you do] not. Do you suppose the gamers of Man Metropolis, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal are going to battle with stress? I believe not. It is about high quality.
“That you must carry out in one of the best ways all collectively and be higher than the opponent. If you lose you attempt to discover a method to justify why. ‘oh, it is due to the psychology, due to this and that,’ however for me within the Premier League, the group who deserves to win and has the higher squad will win.
“Within the cups it is about being fortunate with the draw, having gamers accessible and being good for six or seven video games, however over 38 video games over 10 months, it is in regards to the high quality of the squad.”
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