Mauricio Pochettino sorry he can not apologise to Mike Dean in person


Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham players were serenaded with a painfully familiar refrain as the misery and chaos that had been released by Chelsea's victory was turned on them at deafening volume.

Tottenham duo Dele Alli and Eric Dier will both be missing for tonight's Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge, according to a report by talkSPORT.

'We didn't show the same energy as Burnley, the same attitude as Burnley, the same ambition as Burnley.

Spurs looked to have forced themselves into the Premier League title race, even with Harry Kane sitting out several league games with an ankle injury. It has been an achievement to stay on their shoulders for so long.

It might be a good thing for Pochettino and Spurs that their next two games are against top six sides but do they have the bottle to go all the way?

No reprieve this time - and Spurs did not deserve one.

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And their pain will have only increased as it was all played out to the soundtrack of Chelsea's fans once again revelling in Spurs' anguish.

In the week that Mauricio Pochettino was charged by the FA for confronting a referee he made a conscious effort not to challenge the officials despite Tottenham Hotspur being on the wrong side of a number of decisions. They will also have to make do without the services of Dele Alli who has yet to recover from his hamstring problem added the report.

"The reality is that it will be tough to win the Premier League because of us, not because Liverpool or Manchester City are any better".

All eyes will now be on the north London derby at Wembley on Saturday (12.30pm) with fourth-placed Arsenal moving to within four points of us after beating Bournemouth 5-1 on Wednesday night.

In the space of four days, Spurs' title aspirations have been left in tatters as the mood around Chelsea, while not exactly a carnival, represented a marked shift.

Chelsea are in disarray after losing the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City on Sunday, a result which saw goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga openly reject manager Maurizio Sarri's decision to substitute him and undermine his coach's authority.