Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits painful reality as Champions League hopes fade

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that qualifying for next season’s Champions League will be difficult following today’s goalless draw away to struggling Burnley, The Guardian reports.

A win would’ve moved his side into fifth place and six points behind Manchester United, but the reality is that Spurs may have been left too far behind. A day after Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers conceded that their hopes of a top four finish had ended following defeat to Arsenal (via BBC Sport), Pochettino followed suit.

There was an evident lack of urgency in Spurs’ play and Burnley remained comfortable defensively; there weren’t many clear-cut chances of note for the visitors.

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“I think it is difficult but we have seven games and we will try,” Pochettino said post-match.

“It is true that it is not easy. It is difficult.”

Spurs have only one more difficult game left on paper as they welcome champions Man City to White Hart Lane next month, but with the form the likes of Arsenal and Man United are showing during the run-in, it is hard to envisage that those clubs will drop the necessary points for Pochettino’s men to gain an advantage.

Given Daniel Levy’s obsession with the competition and the amount of managers who have been sacked due to their failure in achieving the minimum target set by the club, it will be interesting to see what takes place at the north London club over the summer.

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