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Mauricio Pochettino has played down Tottenham’s title chances ahead of the north London Derby against Arsenal on Saturday.

Tottenham head into the derby in third place in the Premier League, nine points adrift of leaders Liverpool and looking to end a run of back-to-back league defeats.

Pochettino is aware of the damage the losses against Chelsea and Burnley have have done to their title challenge.

He said: “It was difficult after Burnley and after Chelsea it is nearly impossible.

“It is going to be tough. We need to win all of the games and the two opponents above us need to lose some games.

“If we want to be dreamers then until it is mathematically impossible you can dream. But realistically the percentage is not too big.”

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has urged his players to seize their moment and beat Spurs to move within a point of their neighbours.

The Gunners head to Wembley knowing they can close right up on their rivals, who occupy third place in the Premier League table.

“We’ve been speaking about the opportunity and each match gives us the opportunity to win three points,” he said.

“Sometimes we can take the big opportunity like this because there were 10 points difference between us and Spurs two weeks ago. Now it’s four points.

“On Saturday we are going to play together and it’s very important for both teams. It’s very different if you win or lose.”