Pochettino Backs Burnley to Qualify For Champions League
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes weekend Premier League opponents Burnley can qualify for next season’s Champions League. Seventh place Spurs travel to Turf Moor on Saturday with Sean Dyche’s over-achieving Clarets a point and one place better off following their surprisingly strong first half of the season.
The in-form Lancashire club have flirted with the top four in recent weeks and Friday evening’s 3-3 draw between Arsenal and Liverpool means victory over Tottenham would move them above the Gunners and level on 35 points with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
While Pochettino accepts Burnley are outsiders for a place in Europe’s premier club competition, he feels anything is possible in football. When asked if the Clarets could finish in the top four the Tottenham manager said, “Yes of course they can secure a top-four finish, look two years ago Leicester City in the end won the Premier League.
In football anything can happen and of course they are doing so well. It will be tough because they are competing with big sides and so are we but in football, all can happen.”
Burnley have lost just two of their last nine games, taking 19 points from a possible 27.
While their impressive results have surprised many people in the game, Pochettino insists he is not one of them he said, “They are so tough, such a physical team, We need to be ready to fight because they are such athletic players, tough players and they manage the long ball so well with two or three strikers that are so big and the second ball. It does not surprise me that they are doing so well because they have good quality.”