Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has stated he would not accept a fourth-place finish if it were to be offered to him now, and is determined to end the season higher up in the standings.
Spurs have endured a frustrating campaign so far, with their inconsistent form leaving them in seventh place, trailing runaway leaders Manchester City by a staggering 21 points and Liverpool, who occupy the final Champions League spot, by three points.
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The gap between Tottenham and the top four could grow further this weekend, when the North London side travel to take on in-form Burnley, who are one place and one point ahead of Pochettinoâ€™s men, in sixth.
Despite last weekâ€™s 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City, the former Southampton boss is confident that his Tottenham side will climb up the league table and rebuffed the idea that he would be ready to settle for the final Champions League spot.
â€œNo. Do I want higher than that? Yes, of course,â€ Pochettino is quoted as saying by the Telegraph.
â€œI am not a comfortable person. I love to take a risk.
â€œI feel I am a winner. Sometimes the winners lose too and they have to lose to feel the pain. But I never accept a result before it is played. Never.â€
After Saturdayâ€™s clash at Turf Moor, Tottenham welcome Southampton to Wembley on Boxing Day, before playing three games within the first week of 2018.
They kick off the year with an away trip to Swansea City, who parted ways with manager Paul Clement earlier this week, before a home clash with London rivals West Ham United just two days later.
Tottenham’s gruelling fixture schedule is rounded off with the visit of League One side AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup third round that weekend.