Mauricio Pochettino has questioned Tottenham’s ability to win the title after his side failed to show the sufficient level of fight against Burnley last weekend.
Spurs fell to their seventh Premier League defeat of the season at Burnley. Goals from Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes, either side of a Harry Kane equaliser, sealed the points for the hosts.
Pochettino’s men missed the opportunity to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the table, increasing the need for a result against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
In his press conference on Tuesday, which you can watch here, Pochettino condemned his players’ inability to beat Burnley, a game he called a “must-win” last week.
“If you want to be a real contender, playing well or not, it’s (the game against Burnley) a must-win,” Pochettino said (via Sky Sports).
“You need to show you are fighting for big things and I am frustrated because we didn’t show the same energy as Burnley, the same attitude as Burnley, the same ambition as Burnley.
“We have to look at ourselves and maybe assess ourselves in different ways – we are not looking for excuses.
“It is holding us back and it might take five years’ work, 10 years’ work to change that.”
The Tottenham boss went on to reveal motivating his players for meetings with Arsenal and Chelsea is easy but Spurs didn’t deserve anything against Burnley.
He added: “To go away and play the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal – that is easy. You don’t need a manager to motivate you for those games, that is normal.
“But if we don’t have the will to show that (against Burnley), then you don’t deserve anything.
“What we showed on Saturday was that we are a good team, have good quality but not enough to win a Premier League title – that is the reality.
“If you are not able to beat Burnley it is impossible to think you will win the title – if you do it’s because others have lost the opportunity themselves.
“The reality is that it will be tough to win the Premier League because of us, not because Liverpool or Manchester City are any better.”
After the trip to Chelsea, Tottenham face Arsenal at Wembley and Borussia Dortmund in Germany – it’s a run of fixtures that could make or break Spurs’ season.