By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Mauricio Pochettino has urged Tottenham to maintain their lead over Arsenal if they are not able to overhaul Leicester in the title race.
Claudio Ranieri’s team are seven points clear of Spurs with five matches of the season remaining and will secure the club’s first-ever title if they win three of those games.
Pochettino admits Tottenham will have to win all five of those matches to keep alive their hopes of overhauling Leicester.
If that target cannot be achieved, the White Hart Lane manager is keen to clinch the runners-up spot and finish above bitter rivals Arsenal for the first time in a generation.
“We have different objectives,” Pochettino told Spurs TV. “One, the bigger objective is to win the title at the end. The second is to play the next Champions League as this is important for the club, too.
“If it is not possible to win the title then it is important to stay second. We have a big motivation to try to reduce the gap with Leicester and the same way the motivation is to keep our position if it is not possible to win the title.”
Spurs are six points clear of Arsenal as they prepare to face Stoke in Monday’s Premier League clash at the Britannia Stadium, although Arsene Wenger’s team do have a game in hand.
Tottenham have not finished above Arsenal since 1994-95, when they were seventh and the Gunners ended in a lowly 12th place.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino has delivered a fitness update on two players ahead of the Stoke match.