Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs now looking over their shoulders | David Hytner

Defeats at Burnley and Chelsea have switched Tottenham’s focus to preserving a top-four place rather than chasing the title

As every Tottenham fan knows, Mauricio Pochettino is magic and it seems the man himself knows it, too. But there are limits. “If Daniel Levy said to me: ‘Next season we need to win a title, we need to win the Champions League and we need to win the Premier League,’ then maybe you need to find another magic guy who can do this,” the Spurs manager said.

Soaring levels of expectation are Pochettino’s curse – an unwanted byproduct, perhaps, of the job he has done since taking over in 2014. Back then it was merely a dream for Spurs to trade punches with the Premier League’s heavyweights, to compete in the Champions League. Now it is a reality. And now people want more.

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