Mauricio Pochettino makes ‘impossible’ Liverpool and Man City admission after Spurs loss
Spurs lost a second successive top-flight match as they went down 2-0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last night after Pedro’s strike and a Kieran Trippier own goal.
That follows a defeat at Burnley at the weekend and leaves them nine points off of leaders Liverpool.
The north London outfit could have trimmed the gap to the Reds to three points had they overcome the Clarets at Turf Moor but now find themselves well back on both Liverpool and Manchester City.
And Pochettino admits their title dream is dead for another year after a disappointing display against their capital rivals.
“We were not able to impose our way to play,” Pochettino rued to BBC Sport post-match.
“Chelsea had only one shot on target and one goal and we didn’t.
“We didn’t shoot – its difficult that way to win and we weren’t solid enough.
“If you assess the game, in the small details the result was decided for Chelsea.
“The competition is going to put us in our place. It’s a 10-month competition, not only three, four or six months.
“Of course are disappointed now. After Burnley I said it was difficult, and tonight makes it impossible to fight Man City and Liverpool.
“Both teams, only they can win the league – we must fight to win games and try to fight, to be fair. That is the challenge for us.”
Spurs could even find themselves in a battle for Champions League qualification. They are four points ahead of Arsenal but face their bitter rivals on Saturday (12.30pm) and could see their advantage cut to a single point.
That is after having recently boasted a 10-point advantage on the Gunners.
Asked in his post-match press conference if he was concerned about a top-four fight, Pochettino said: “Everyone from the beginning of the season would have signed up to be in that position before playing on Saturday.
“Everyone would have signed for that eight or 10 months ago in June or July, to be, today, with the possibility of playing against Arsenal at Wembley with the gap at four points.
“The pressure is on them, not only us. Them too, surely.
“If people are scared now about the top four, that is football. It’s a massive business for sure but we need to enjoy it, playing football.
“If we are capable of finishing in the top four in end, because after two defeats, maybe there’s a feeling we’re not there or we’re not contenders, we need to keep going and try to be ready for the next game. But it’s not a drama, eh?”