Pochettino apologises to Mike Dean for his behaviour

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino remonstrates with referee Mike Dean after the match Action Images via Reuters  Carl Recine EDITORIAL USE

Spurs face another tricky test next as they take on Chelsea in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

And it had happened again. Pochettino's side are unlikely to win the Premier League at this stage, but they enjoy a comfortable eight point lead over fourth place Arsenal and are likely to gain a top four finish for yet another season.

The Argentine tactician confronted Dean after the latter's final whistle blew in the game against the Clarets.

The north London club are now just six points behind league leaders Liverpool, but their title hopes suffered a huge blow in defeat to Burnley at the weekend.

"He's doing well but we can not say if he's going to be available for the weekend or for the next week against Borussia Dortmund [on Tuesday] or Southampton [on Saturday]", Pochettino said."It's sure it's impossible against Chelsea and then we'll see". Them also. They only had one shot on target.

"Chelsea is a hard place to play, as history shows".

It will be a huge source of frustration to Pochettino and Spurs that they have come up short in the title race once more.

Pochettino made the comments in the wake of the defeat to Burnley which has all but killed Spurs' hope of launching a title challenge.

"The reality is that it will be tough to win the Premier League because of us, not because Liverpool or Manchester City are any better".

It certainly adds another helping of spice to the Wembley game, with Arsenal and their fans suddenly believing they can haul in the old enemy after it looked like they were out of sight.

The North London side are set to play against a Blues side who are devoid of confidence and unity which showed when their goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted during the League Cup final against Manchester City last weekend. The smart money was on Sarri not surviving another mishap here.

And it all went right.

"If people are scared now about the top four, that is football".

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