MAURICIO POCHETTINO launched a stinging attack on his Tottenham stars – and claimed it could take him another five years to turn them into Premier League winners.
Pochettino has accused his players of throwing away their chance to win the title with their woeful display at Burnley which he says lacked the desire and fight of true champions.
Pochettino, who has been in charge since 2014, said: “My worry is what happened – and to change that is not only five years work, maybe it is 10 years work to change that thing that happened.
“To be a real contender, playing well or not playing well, it is a must-win game. And it is unacceptable to lose.
“You need to show like a team that you are fighting for big things and to be honest, I am so frustrated because we didn’t show more attitude than Burnley.
“We didn’t show more energy than Burnley, we didn’t show more ambition than them, fighting for the Premier League. That is what worried me.”
The Argentine’s rant will spark fresh speculation he may not see out his Spurs contract, with Manchester United and Real Madrid known admirers.
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Poch added: “Of course it’s easy to go to Chelsea and be motivated to play, and play again Arsenal or Dortmund.
“You don’t need a manager that tells you ‘oh, you need to be motivated, excited to play’, no because that’s normal.
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“But you play for the Premier League for the big game like Burnley. It’s dry the pitch? It’s dry, it’s normal.
“The changing room or the dressing room is not so big like at Wembley? Of course it’s not.
“But come on you need to respect – and the way you need to respect is to go there and show more ambition, show more attitude, show more capacity to fight and we did not.
“If we don’t have the will to show that then we don’t deserve more.
“In the last 10 or 12 games you must be strong and you have to dominate and show you are a real contender.
“We showed Saturday that we are a good team yes, we have good quality yes, but it’s not enough to win a title like the Premier League and that is the reality.”