Poch focused on title, not Arsenal

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Mauricio Pochettino has improved many things at Tottenham, one of which seems to be the fact that we do not constantly obsess over Arsenal and instead focus on ourselves.

The Tottenham boss has spoken ahead of Sunday’s North London derby at White Hart Lane, with a home victory ensuring that Spurs would finish above their North London rivals in the league for the first time since 1995.

However, such is the mentality of Pochettino he is only focused on winning the title rather than the satisfaction of bragging rights over our neighbours. Pochettino remains focused on trying to close the four gap point difference between ourselves and Chelsea, with just five games left to play.

“I understand but my feeling is now when so close, only four points but it’s massive with only five games to play, I will be very disappointed if we don’t win the title,” Pochettino said.

“I will start to think of the good things that have happened this season and be realistic to analyse the season but I really don’t think in which position is Arsenal.”

Pochettino added: “My challenge and my aim is not to be above Arsenal. My challenge and my aim is to be above 19 teams and be on the top. That is my challenge, my aim, my dream.

“I don’t care what happens with Arsenal, with all my respect. What I care is what happens with us. That’s our big, big challenge at Tottenham.”

For Tottenham’s fans, guaranteeing superiority over their fiercest rivals by beating them on their home turf would be particularly sweet, especially given this is likely to be the last time this fixture takes place at White Hart Lane.

Spurs are due to play home games at Wembley next season before moving into their new stadium in August 2018, a move that is set to be confirmed by the end of this week.

“Maybe it will be the last derby but we are playing from the beginning of the season as if it’s the last game at White Hart Lane,” Pochettino said.

“Everyone behaves with an energy that is amazing and you can be sure Sunday is a special game and we will try altogether to win.

“We compete against a very good team like Arsenal. They have fantastic players. But all together we can give our best and try to get three points.”

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