After a surprise 2-1 loss to Burnley, Tottenham have slipped out of EPL title contention, and blown a chance to keep up with Man City and Liverpool.
Mauricio Pochettino’s reaction said it all.
The usually calm Argentine was irate at referee Mike Dean after his side was upset by 15th-placed Burnley. Starting as $1.60 favourites with Palermbet, Spurs were overrun by the Clarets ($6). What should have been a straight-forward win became a disaster. Now, instead of being within three points of Liverpool on top, they’re six points adrift. And in many eyes, they’re no longer an outside chance to lift the EPL trophy.
Mauricio Pochettino was NOT happy with Mike Dean at full time! 🤯 pic.twitter.com/w0r0FTRUiI
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) February 23, 2019
The result has incredibly moved Spurs from an outside $26 title chance way out to $67 with Palmerbet. After an impressive run of four-straight wins, the North Londoners had come in from $71 to be seen as an outside hope of upsetting the City/Liverpool applecart. But they’ve fallen – again – at what should have been the easy hurdle. And as a result, they’ve shot themselves in the foot.
Pochettino’s uncharacteristic frustration stems from the fact his side couldn’t defeat a side that, on paper, they are far more accomplished than. As a player, the Argentine said it was easy to get motivated for games against Chelsea and Arsenal. But then against lowly teams like Burnley, his squad sometimes struggle to push through and get a result.
As a result, he said, it could be “10 years” til they lift the EPL trophy. “I am so frustrated because we didn’t show more attitude than Burnley or energy or ambition, and we were fighting for the Premier League,” he said. “We showed we are a good team, with good quality, but it’s not enough. To be a real contender, this type of game is must-win. It’s unacceptable to lose.”
Mauricio Pochettino believes it could take five to 10 years for his @SpursOfficial side to win a Premier League title after the weekend loss to Burnley. ❌🏆
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 26, 2019
Thankfully for Spurs players, they won’t have to lick their wounds for too long. On Thursday morning, a date with fellow London rival Chelsea awaits. They start as $3.20 outsiders for the clash at Stamford Bridge. After marking his EPL return with a goal against Burnley, Harry Kane is $2.25 to score at any time with Palmerbet. Unfortunately for Pochettino, however, his club doesn’t have the best record at the Bridge…
Stamford Bridge + Tottenham = 😭
Chelsea have lost just one of their last 32 home games against Spurs 😳
Can Sarri continue that record tonight? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/GyTdyO49nt
— Goal (@goal) February 27, 2019
A widening gap
Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Man United cut their lead over Man City to just one point. And it sees them further adrift in Palmerbet’s title market, moving from $2.20 to $2.60. City on the other hand shortened from $1.70 to $1.50 despite not playing any EPL fixture on the weekend. They were too busy defeating Chelsea in the League Cup Final – one of four possible trophies Pep Guardiola’s men could claim this season. Their price, despite sitting a point behind the Reds, is indicative of their upcoming fixtures. Their next five games read: West Ham, Bournemouth, Watford, Fulham and Cardiff. Not that Guardiola is counting any chickens…
1. Liverpool | 66 pts
2. Man City | 65 pts
Guardiola: "It's closer than I expected a few weeks ago" 👀 pic.twitter.com/I5Ko15WqoF
— Goal (@goal) February 26, 2019