Tottenham headed to Turf Moor knowing that they could go within two points of Liverpool and Man City with a victory.
But unfortunate 2-1 defeat at Vicarage Road leaves Tottenham at risk of falling even further behind Liverpool and the coach sees no way back for them.
After a goalless first half dominated by Spurs, but with few chances Burnley took lead of the game at the second half (57′) with a goal from Chris Wood .The New Zealander headed in Dwight McNeil’s corner for his fourth goal in the last four PL matches.
Harry Kane struck 8 minutes later, making his return from injury by adding his 15th goal of the season only for Ashley Barnes to fire in a winner for the Clarets with seven minutes left on the clock, converting Johan Berg Gudmunsson’s ball across the six-yard area to score for the fourth match running.
A defeat from Burnley means Spurs can go eight points behind premier League leaders ManCity by the end of Matchweek 27. As they remain third with 60points.
Although they have 11 games left to play, Pochettino believes his side’s chances of being crowned champions this year have been well and truly dashed by Burnley.
When asked if their fight for the title is over, Pochettino told Sky Sports: “Yes. We are very disappointed because there are 11 games, the gap can be bigger. Of course, there are a lot of games to play but today, in my mind, we had to win the three points to put pressure on them. We didn’t for different reasons, our mistakes and only because of us. We cannot blame anyone, only ourselves because we were not able to win.”
Pochettino approached referee Mike Dean after full time to express his anger and then appeared to walk away before he doubled back to remonstrate with the official further.
The Argentinian admitted that he made a mistake by confronting the referee instead of going down the tunnel.
When asked his provocation he said nothing “What happened on the pitch happened on the pitch. We made a few mistakes, conceded the two goals. Nothing to say but to congratulate Burnley. They fought a lot and deserved the win. We didn’t deserve the defeat but that is football. We have to keep going.”
He added: “When you feel so disappointed and upset, maybe sometimes you make mistakes. We made mistakes on the pitch and I made a mistake after, I need to go straight away to my dressing room and wait there, drink some water and be relaxed. But what happened has happened.
“It’s so important to understand that it was an important game for us. I said before the game it would be decisive if we wanted to be a contender for the Premier League at the end of the season. The emotions, sometimes we find answers and excuses to try to justify the defeat. It’s not normal how I behaved.
“Maybe it’s because I knew before the game and after the game that it is going to be difficult to be a real contender if we lose.”
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