Pochettino plays down Spurs' title chances but says 'nothing is impossible'

Tottenham's victory on Saturday took them within seven points of league leaders Chelsea, who slipped up after losing 2-1 at home against Crystal Palace.

The gap now stands at seven points and Spurs hope to reduce that deficit further at relegation-threatened Swansea on Wednesday night.

"In football, all can happen. But I want to repeat that the most important thing is to stay focused on ourselves and we will see where we are at the end".

"We showed great belief and character and faith".

Trippier's first return to Turf Moor since he left the Clarets to sign for Tottenham ahead in the summer of 2015 ended with the right-back on his winning, as Spurs' 2-0 success, coupled with Hull's win over West Ham, left Burnley just five points clear of the drop zone.

"We knew this was going to be a hard game because Burnley are tough opposition but it's true that we were professional and we fought for every challenge and that was key to winning the game".

Wanyama will be assessed after being substituted against Burnley with a back injury, while Harry Winks is definitely out after picking up an ankle injury that will keep him out for the remainder of the season.

While Palace's win over Chelsea was beneficial for Spurs, it was anything but for Swansea who are now three points behind Sam Allardyce's side in 17th place.

"When we started the season, if you compared us with other top-six teams or teams that are below us, their investment and signings, massive investment and massive signings, but we keep our philosophy".

"It's a big, big gap", he said.

Tottenham's attempts to overhaul Leicester last season were also not helped by the scheduling, which meant they regularly played after the Foxes and therefore struggled to mount any pressure.

"Chelsea, 21/2 years ago, they won the Premier League and 80 per cent of the players have experience of how to manage the pressure".

The manager said: "We missed Fernando - he is a big focal point for us".

The 21-year-old was taken off on a stretcher in the first half of the win at Burnley after injuring his ankle when he fell into the dugout.

Once we lost our game at Stamford Bridge, though, any slim hopes that Arsenal fans were holding on to were gone and so it really did not matter what Chelsea did.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino speaks highly of Harry Winks. "Soon, it's City playing Man United as well and we can relax and enjoy the result whatever happens". But compare us with different teams and I think you start to realise we deserve a lot of credit because to compete in that reality is so, so hard.

  • Salvatore Jensen


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