Mauricio Pochettino Admits Spurs Don't Have Title Winning Mentality

Spurs have been in and out of the title race more often than, well make your own joke there. Now manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted it might take them 10 years to find the winning mentality to win the Premier League.

Every time it has seemed that Spurs were really about to make a two horse race into a three horse one the north London side have found a way to pull up at the next hurdle, only to go again.

At the weekend it looked like Mauricio Pochettino's team really had a chance to put pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool. They faced Burnley at home knowing a win would take them within two points of the top, at least temporarily.

With City playing in the Carabao Cup final the next day and Liverpool having to visit Old Trafford it was a real chance to put pressure on their more fancied rivals.

However even the goalscoring return of Harry Kane from injury couldn't stop them losing 2-1 to Burnley ahead of a huge week where they face Chelsea and Arsenal in the league.

Liverpool's failure to beat United means they're far from out of the title race but their manager worries that the loss to Burnley proves they may not have the mentality to win the league, saying:

"My worry is what happened and to change that is not only five-year work, maybe it is ten-year work to change that thing that happened.

"You need to look like a team that are fighting for big things and I am so frustrated because we didn't show more attitude, energy and ambition than Burnley.

"To be a real contender in this type of game, playing well or not playing well, it is a must-win game. It is unacceptable to lose. We showed that we are a good team, we have good quality, but that is not enough to win the league and that is the reality."

Pochettino was clearly not happy with his team on Saturday. Image: PA Images
Pochettino was clearly not happy with his team on Saturday. Image: PA Images

Poch, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United, went further to explain that the players failed to get to grips with the surroundings at Turf Moor, adding, "Is the pitch dry? It's dry, it's normal. The changing room is not so big like at Wembley? Of course it's not. You need to go there and show more ambition, attitude and capacity to fight. We must be honest with ourselves."

The Burnley loss is the third time this season that a good run has been brought to an end by an unfancied side after losses to Watford and Wolves earlier in the season.

It might be a good thing for Pochettino and Spurs that their next two games are against top six sides but do they have the bottle to go all the way?

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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