Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes aggression will be key to beating Burnley in Saturday’s Premier League match.
After nearly two weeks without action, a refreshed Spurs team will take a trip to Turf Moor this weekend looking to keep up their chase of league leaders Manchester City and Liverpool.
Currently, only five points separate Pochettino’s side from top spot and victory over 15th-place Burnley will enable them to close to within two points of City and extend their winning run to five games in all competitions.
But the Clarets are showing signs of returning to the kind of form that saw them claim an impressive seventh-place finish in the Premier League last season and are unbeaten in their last seven games.
“The key for us is to be available to fight for every action,” Pochettino told the club website.
“Burnley are doing a fantastic job, they are going to challenge us and in the way they play, they are so aggressive and we need to match that aggression and try to play in the way we normally play.
“So, for me, the key is to match them in the way they play, they are aggressive, they challenge you and if we are capable of matching them in that aspect I think it will be 50 per cent of our job done.”
The north Londoners have a ticky and busy schedule ahead of them with derbies against Chelsea and Arsenal awaiting them next week along with the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Borussia Dortmund not far away either.
“For us, Saturday is most important. The focus is Burnley. If we are capable of winning three points there, we’ll see the game against Chelsea in a different way,” said Pochettino.
“It’s so important to win and that the mentality is good and I hope in the week we’ve had to work that we’ve translated this message – don’t think Chelsea, don’t think Arsenal, don’t think Borussia Dortmund – it’s only Burnley.
“It’s going to be tough and we are going to struggle if we are not focused 100 per cent to compete in the best way. If we are focused we will be close to winning because we have the quality.
“That is the key part of the game for Saturday. We can be our own worst enemy if we don’t think in that way. The mentality must be that this is the most important game.”
The league match between Burnley and Spurs will begin at 1:30 PM (CET) on Saturday.
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