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17th Apr, 2017 | 7:53am

Pochettino takes swipe at rivals Chelsea ahead of FA Cup semi-final

By Matt Bullin

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has aimed a swipe at Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side ahead of their FA Cup semi-final next week.

The Argentine’s comments could also be the start of the title race mind games – as the Premier League was blown wide open at the weekend.

Chelsea lost 2-0 to Manchester United in a rare slip at Old Trafford, meaning the gap at the top has come down to just four points.

Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera scored either side of the break at Old Trafford to give United all three points.

Tottenham had thrashed Bournemouth 4-0 on Saturday to move within four points of the league leaders.

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Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Moussa Dembele and Vincent Janssen all netted for Spurs as they won their seventh Premier League match on the spin.

With just six games left in the season those results could have a massive bearing on the title race.

However another result which will have an effect on the battle at the top is next Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final between Tottenham and Chelsea.

And Pochettino has decided the time is right to start the war of words with his rivals as he took a swipe at how he perceives Chelsea have created their side.

Speaking in the Daily Express, Pochettino said: “If you analyse where we came from, it’s a fantastic time for Tottenham. And how you build your project is important to analyse

“Tottenham is not building now in an artificial way. It is not about putting in money, money, money, money and building a fantastic stadium and fantastic team.

“Tottenham is very genuine. It is a very natural process and it is so exciting because it is unique in the world.”

Chelsea spent a huge £120million spending spree last summer, compared to £48million from Spurs, and have long been seen as big spenders since Roman Abramovich took over the club in 2003.

In other Tottenham news, Frank Lampard has given his verdict on the title race and Spurs fans will love it.

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