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Pochettino: Burnley game is ‘like a final’ for Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino reckons that this afternoon’s game against Burnley is ‘like a final,’ saying that three points at Turf Moor would be ‘massive’ in their hopes of winning the title.

With Liverpool not in action until tomorrow – and against a resurgent Manchester United no less – and Man City having already played a game more, today’s game against Burnley offers Spurs the chance to move to within two points of both sides above them at the top of the league.

While many people have been focussing on the top two as the main Premier League title challengers, Spurs have quietly gone about their business in the background, keeping pace with the leaders despite being without Harry Kane and Dele Alli since January.

However, Kane has returned to training way ahead of schedule and could be set to return to action this afternoon to give the North London club a timely boost, and speaking ahead of the game Mauricio Pochettino has reminded his side what is at stake when his side take the trip to the North West this afternoon.

“It could be a massive weekend,” Pochettino said in his pre-match press conference.

“The football is like a final for us at Burnley. It’s going to be key in the future of the Premier League. It’s a massive three points.

“If we’re going to be capable of winning the three points, to see us close to them [Liverpool and Manchester City], things will happen in different games. But whether we get close to them or keep distance, we’ll see.”

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