Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham’s 2-0 north London derby against victory over Arsenal on Sunday was slightly overshadowed by Chelsea’s win at Everton.
Following Chelsea’s win, anything less than a victory for Spurs against Arsenal would have all but ended any chance we have of catching the Russian billionaires, but a professional performance from Pochettino’s men meant we sent the Woolwich ******* back with their tail between their legs.
It could have easily been 2-0 in the first half with both Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen missing good chances, the former opened the scoring on 55 minutes before Harry Kane converted a penalty just 146 seconds later.
The win means Tottenham will finish ahead of Arsenal for the first time since 1995.
Pochettino revealed his players did not know the result of the Chelsea game and admitted a tinge of disappointment that the Toffees could not get a result to help Tottenham’s quest.
“I knew (the result) because I was watching,” he said. “The players didn’t watch because they were focused on the game.
“They were really focused on the game and I think they didn’t realise what happened at Everton. We knew because we were watching but they were very focused.
“Of course I am disappointed because it was a great opportunity to reduce the gap. It is four, with four to play, all is possible in football and we’ll see what happens next week.
“But now it’s important to feel proud, happy, because the last game (at White Hart Lane) against Arsenal and all that means for our fans and those who love Tottenham, it was a fantastic afternoon.
“Yes, of course (we are) disappointed because we have not reduced the gap on Chelsea – but (I am) so proud of the performance of the team and our support.”
With Tottenham’s new stadium being built around their current home, this marked the last time Arsenal would make the short trip to White Hart Lane – but it was only a day to savour for their hosts.
“I feel very proud, first of all because the players played their best and they were fantastic,” he said.
“And for our fans, I feel very happy for them. It was a fantastic game and yes, we are in the race for the title. We reduce again the gap to Chelsea.”
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