Pochettino: Fourth place isn't good enough for me

You have to go back to the last time Tottenham Hotspur faced the Clarets, on Sunday August 27, to find the last time Mauricio Pochettino had a whole week with his squad without a midweek game or players away with their various countries.

The centre-back was initially pencilled in to return around Christmas time but a setback has meant Alderweireld is now not expected to be available again until well in to 2018.

"I am here because I love to take a risk".

I expect a character building, bounce-back effort from a Spurs team facing the most adversity they have in over two seasons on the domestic front. "I feel I am a winner". That match underlined the fighting spirit of the Clarets and they have gone from strength to strength since.

The official Spurs Twitter account posted pictures of the defender training on Thursday, with the player himself also adding a positive message via his personal account. Tottenham have been carefully treating him, hoping that he does not need knee surgery.

"The reaction will be good", he vowed.

Sean Dyche's side have lost just one of their last eight Premier League home games (W5 D2), keeping six clean sheets and conceding just twice in that run. "It is going to be intense but if we can pick up a couple of wins we can pick up a lot of points in a quick period of time". It is not through lack of effort.

Wanyama has been gradually increasing the intensity of his own training and resumed full contact training with the team on Wednesday. Dele Alli has been out of sorts all season - he was lucky not to be sent off for a horrible, petulant stamp on Kevin De Bruyne against Manchester City - and it might be time for him to spend some time on the bench. To make things worse, defeats to direct rivals Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester City brought the humbling pinnacle last week and another blow against in-form minnows could have a devastating effect on Tottenham.

Burnley are depleted somewhat by an injury to Stephen Ward, who Dyche has confirmed will miss two games with a knee problem. The home side are too good to get thrashed, but Tottenham should pick up the three points on Saturday. It's a great time to be a professional footballer, that's for sure.

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