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Poch: 'Weird' to criticise Spurs


Harry Kane

Harry Kane

Harry Kane

Mauricio Pochettino insists people questioning Spurs' third-pace league position after back-to-back defeats are living in "different realities".

Tottenham were in the Premier League title race until they lost to Burnley and Chelsea.

That leaves Pochettino's side looking over their shoulders in the race for the top four and defeat in today's north London derby against Arsenal at Wembley would leave them just a point clear of the Gunners.

But Pochettino feels it is "weird" his side's situation is seen as a negative.

"It's a little bit weird," he said. "Everyone before the start of the season would want to be in the position that we're in today. And you're asking me, 'It's only four points that Arsenal or Manchester United are below us, or Chelsea'?

"I think we deserve big praise to be in the position that we're in.

"We're disappointed in the last two results but need to keep going."

Spurs could have ended last weekend three points behind leaders Liverpool but are now nine points adrift in the title race.

"It was difficult after the Burnley defeat and after Chelsea it's nearly impossible," Pochettino added.

Spurs' hopes against Arsenal were boosted by news that Harry Kane would not face any action for an apparent headbutt on Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta in Wednesday's 2-0 defeat.

Pochettino praised his striker for his fighting spirit and laughed off claims the two losses are down to Kane's return.

"He is a player that cares about the club," the Argentinian said.

"The reaction is fantastic because it is a player that cares.

"We didn't win but Harry is one of the best players, not only here at Tottenham but in the world."

Pochettino also refuted that he should be given a touchline ban for his pitch bust-up with referee Mike Dean at Burnley.

The Spurs boss added: "For what? For what? It was a conversation, no?"