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Spurs are here tomorrow and that brings their manager Mauricio Pochettino to Turf Moor for a fourth time and he’s not only still to see his team lose but also to see them concede a goal.

His first visit, in 2014/15, ended in a 0-0 draw but the last two have seen his team win 2-0 and 3-0 respectively but as he looks to get a fifth successive Premier League victory he said: “The key for us is to be available to fight for every action.

“Burnley are doing a fantastic job, they are going to challenge us and in the way they play, they are so aggressive and we need to match that aggression and try to play in the way we normally play. So, for me, the key is to match them in the way they play, they are aggressive, they challenge you and if we are capable of matching them in that aspect I think it will be 50 per cent our job done.”

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He continued: “It’s so weird. After playing a lot, to have a few days  to recover and train was very good and I hope we arrive at Burnley with our best energy. That’s what we wanted to provide the team. It’s going to be tough. Burnley are doing well and we need to arrive ready to fight and to compete in our best way.”

It’s well known that the two managers have great respect for each other, and Pochettino said: “They have a good squad and I respect Sean Dyche a lot. He’s doing a great job. It’s always tough to play against a team that’s so well organised and away from home, it’s difficult. But we trust in ourselves and we are going there to try to win the three points because for us, it would be a massive victory.”

Sean Dyche is one manager who doesn’t think the title will necessary be going to either Liverpool or Manchester City. “For me, Tottenham are challenging for the title, along with Manchester and Liverpool,” Dyche said.

“They have very strong individuals, but like us they also have a very strong team ethic and they are definitely recognised as a front runner. I don’t think it’s a great surprise that they are doing so well, but their minds seem clear and they are delivering performances.

“On the other hand, we’re in form, we’ve got a good feel about us, we’re at home and beginning to make our form here at Turf Moor stronger again. The crowd will be right behind us again, so it makes for a good game.

“We’ve put together a really strong set of results and I think they’ve all been earned. We weren’t a million miles away early in the season, when we had a lot of ups and downs, but the performances have been getting stronger and it’s resulted in another historical marker for the club and a great run.

“We’ve found that defensive resilience as a team, but also that attacking prowess to go and effect some very good sides, regularly. Everyone will know we have a really strong bond and the key core values that the team runs from. That mentality, purpose, drive, energy and desire we’ve shown has to continue though because that’s a strong marker of what we are about.”

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