Pochettino sends message to Chelsea as Tottenham title bid suffers blow
By Harry Sykes
Mauricio Pochettino has sent the message to Chelsea that Tottenham will push their bitter rivals all the way in the title race.
Spurs demolished Watford 4-0 in Saturday’s lunchtime Premier League clash to temporarily reduce the gap to four points and ramp up the pressure on Antonio Conte’ side ahead of the evening kick-off at Bournemouth.
But Chelsea hit back by flying into an early two-goal lead on the south coast before going on to secure a 3-1 triumph.
It meant the leaders ended the day where they started it, with a seven-point lead over second-placed Tottenham.
The second win in four days for Chelsea represents a major blow to Spurs’ hopes of ending their 55-year title wait but Pochettino is adamant he and his players are aiming to continue asking questions of their rivals.
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“The message is to try and keep pushing – that is our job,” said Pochettino, as quoted by the Evening Standard, after Spurs’ Saturday demolition job. “What happens with Chelsea this afternoon is their problem.
“If they fail we are there. It is up to them to win the Premier League.”
Spurs convincingly swept Watford aside, with a Heung-Min Son double and sublime goals from Dele Alli and Eric Dier leading Pochettino’s side to a sixth consecutive win.
The Argentine believes his side are stronger after coping well without Harry Kane, who made a late substitute appearance at White Hart Lane on Saturday, but remains keen not to get too carried away with seven matches of the season remaining.
“We must be focused on the next game,” Pochettino said to the Standard. “If not you do not spend time in reality. We must be ready for Bournemouth, be patient and work hard.”
In other Tottenham team news, the London giants have won the race to sign a 32-goal striker who has taken the league by storm.