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Pochettino Must Stop Spurs’ Slide As They Look To Rescue Season

Two goals from Raheem Sterling and one apiece from Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne, saw Manchester City’s domination continue at the summit of the Premier League.

The weekend’s action culminated in Spurs slipping to seventh position, 21 points behind the league leaders.

Any threat Spurs posed earlier in the season has now dissolved, like acetone-based nail polish remover, fusing with super glue.

Christian Eriksen’s consolation goal was technically astute and cultivated from endeavour and finished with adroit precision. But at 4-1, Spurs travelling coterie were not going to be cajoled out of their collective despondency.

So, it was left to Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino to make sense of a result that leaves Spurs swimming close to the shoreline of European football, suppressed by Burnley above and the second tier of teams trying to gather themselves, below.

“Throughout the game we respected our ideas, but they were better. We tried, but in the end there is not too much to assess, not too much to say, we just have to try to lift the players and be ready to compete again next week.”

“We tried to compete, we tried to win but in the end they were better and if you make some mistakes in this kind of game, you are going to lose. Yes, we’re disappointed because our expectation was different but now we look forward.”

As Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever, John Travolta helped put Brooklyn on the map.  Working in a paint store and living with his parents, Manero’s life was at an impasse. But at the weekend, Saturday night was about one thing. Disco.

“On the weekend, and on the dance floor, Tony is King.” 

And then came the swagger, still synonymous with the actor 40 years later.

Burnley away for Spurs this Saturday, and momentum is with one team only. Sean Dyche says his side have no delusions of grandeur. However they can’t but have a swagger.

Dyche may not have Travolta’s swinging hips in his touchline walk at Turf Moor, but he and his team are entitled to some raw energy in their step.

Pochettino will need to make sure his Spurs team don’t become weak at the knees.

It’s an important couple of weeks coming up for them.

Brian Strahan, Pundit Arena

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