Pochettino explains why he is not yet confident of a top 4 finish

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham’s late winner against Brighton on Tuesday put them in a great position in the race for the remaining two places within the top four of the Premier League.

Both Arsenal and Manchester United lost their respective games on Wednesday, which means that Spurs are now four points clear of fifth place with three games remaining.

If Tottenham beat West Ham on this afternoon, it will take them seven points clear of Arsenal in fifth, who have to travel to Leicester City tomorrow afternoon.

However, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said that he is not “confident” of a top four finish just yet. The Argentine went on to say that while he trusts his players to get the job done, lethargy can creep in if they become too confident.

Speaking during his pre-match press conference, the 47-year-old said Football.London, “I believe in us. I believe and I have faith and I believe it’s in our hands, but at the same time never confident. I don’t like the word confident.

“I think trust, being tough with ourselves and believing in ourselves that is completely different to being confident. When you’re confident, you make yourself weak.

“I think it’s so important to understand that for our players to have the possibility to compete in our best tomorrow we must be 200 percent, not 100 percent, focused on giving our best against West Ham.”

Spurs Web’s Opinion:

Pochettino is right in saying that the Tottenham players certainly can’t afford to get complacent as the entire top four picture can change completely in a couple of weeks.

Given the distraction of the Champions League, it is extremely easy for the players to lose focus on the task at hand in the Premier League.

Spurs once again have the advantage of playing ahead of their rivals in a lunchtime kick-off against West Ham, and three points in that game will go a long way towards booking a place in next season’s Champions League.

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