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Pochettino: Spurs ‘keep going in difficult circumstances’

Tottenham Hotspur followed up their impressive performance in Barcelona midweek with a narrow win over Burnley on Saturday. 

Sean Dyche set the Clarets up to frustrate their opponents, lining his side up in a 5-4-1 formation, and it worked for the vast majority of the game.

Substitute Christian Eriksen saved Spurs’ blushes as the game entered injury time however, giving his team a vital 1-0 victory in the hunt for Champions League qualification.

Mauricio Pochettino commented on the tactical battle against Burnley on BBC’s MOTD:

“I think it was three centre backs for the first time under Sean Dyche but we didn’t concede a shot on target.

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“We dominated possession they put a lot of players behind the ball and play deep and wanted to stop us.

“On an afternoon like today with the rain and the pitch not in best condition, we were not fresh enough to find tempo with the ball so it is difficult to play and I think that is why I am so pleased.”

Having played in European competition during the week, Pochettino was forced to rotate his squad to avoid fatigue, throwing 18-year-old midfielder Oliver Skipp into the starting line-up for his full debut:

“I am happy because it is not easy to play every three days, many players are out.

“Oliver Skipp made his debut, it is fantastic because to keep going in difficult circumstances pleases me and the way we are competing this season pleases me.”

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