Pochettino fires title warning
It could take another five years before Tottenham are ready to challenge for the Premier League title, Mauricio Pochettino has said.
Spurs could have ended the weekend just three points off leaders Liverpool if they had beaten Burnley, but they fell to a damaging 2-1 defeat.
The Argentinian had explicitly warned his side before the match that it was their most important of the season, but they fell flat, much like they did at Watford earlier in the season in the wake of a standout win at Manchester United.
Pochettino, who has been Spurs boss for almost five years, reckons it could take the same time again to change the mentality at the club, if those two results are anything to go by.
"The example is Watford," he said speaking ahead of a Premier League trip to Chelsea. "One-nil [up], and then in the last 20 minutes we threw away the game, because of us, not because of Watford.
"If you watch the game again you know that is what happened, and my worry is what happened and to change that is not only five-year work, maybe it is 10-year work to change that thing that happened here."
Pochettino believes that if his side had any chance of winning the title then they have to win games like Saturday's against Burnley.
"To be a real contender in this type of game, playing well or not playing well, it is a must-win game. And it is unacceptable to lose," he said.
"If you lose you cannot after say 'No, we are a real contender, in the last 10 or 12 games you must be strong and you have to dominate and show you are a real contender'.
"We showed on Saturday that we are a good team yes, we have good quality yes, but it's not enough to win a title like the Premier League and that is the reality."
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.