Tottenham manager Pochettino brutally mocks rivals ahead of weekend games
By Amir Mir
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has brutally mocked Arsenal by stating his side have “bigger things” to worry about rather than finishing above their rivals.
Spurs are hoping to close an unlikely seven-point gap on Premier League leaders, Chelsea in the table as they aim to clinch the title.
However, on top of Tottenham’s battle with Chelsea, a lot has been made of how this could be the season the north London club finish above their neighbours.
Arsene Wenger’s side, who were beaten 3-0 on Monday night, are 14 points behind Spurs in the table with a game in hand.
It is highly likely that they will finish above their rivals but Pochettino clearly has other things to worry about.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
“I think we’re playing and fighting for bigger things and if we look at the bigger picture it’s to try to reduce the gap with Chelsea,” said Pochettino, as quoted by the Evening Standard.
“It’s not important – the gap we have with Arsenal. The most important thing is to do our job, try to win games and try to reduce the gap with Chelsea.”
Tottenham have not finished above the Gunners in the league since 1996 as they blew their biggest chance during the previous campaign.
Pochettino’s side suffered a 5-1 defeat at relegated Newcastle on the last day of the season which meant Arsenal finished above them in the table.
However, it will have to take a big collapse from Spurs this time round and a change in form from Wenger’s team if those scenes were to be repeated again.
Ahead of the weekend matches, Bournemouth will travel to White Hart Lane for a tough league encounter on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Wenger will plan for a trip to relegation-threatened Middlesbrough on Monday night, who picked up a point at the Emirates during the reverse fixture.
In other Tottenham news, Paul Merson has predicted Spurs’ clash against Bournemouth and stated what one more win will do.