Mauricio Pochettino has complimented Burnley by revealing that the Premier League high-fliers have the ability to qualify for next season's Champions League.
The Clarets have shocked the footballing landscape so far this term and find themselves riding high in sixth position in England's top flight - just three points off fourth-placed Liverpool.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference (
He explained: "Of course. Look, two years ago, Leicester can win the Premier League and, in the end, they won the Premier League.
Sean Dyche's Lancashire-based outfit have won nine and drawn four of their 18 league games this term, and were briefly sitting in fourth last weekend before other results came through.
They have defied expectation thanks to a miserly defence which has conceded just 12 goals in their league outings and, after Friday night's 3-3 draw between Liverpool and Arsenal, could move back into fourth position if they beat Spurs on Saturday evening.
Heading to Turf Moor...at the start of the season, Burnley fans would have looked at this fixture and expected to see a top 6 side in action...little did they know that side would be theirs... #FootballFairytale #Burnley #Dyche #BTSport— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) December 23, 2017
He added: "They are so tough, such a physical team. They play simple but it's difficult sometimes to play simple as well as they do.
"We need to be ready to fight because they are such athletic players, tough players and they manage the long ball so well with two or three strikers that are so big and the second ball.
"It doesn't surprise me that they are doing so well because they have good quality.''