Tottenham will take on Newcastle at Wembley in the early kick-off on Saturday and a win for the Lillywhites will take them ahead of Manchester City to second and put them just four points off league leaders Liverpool.
While Man City welcome Arsenal to the Etihad this weekend, Liverpool travel to West Ham on Monday. A win for Spurs against Newcastle could thus put pressure on the front two.
Speaking ahead of the game, Pochettino insisted Spurs have to be at their best to get three points on Saturday.
Newcastle will come into the game high on confidence after coming from behind to beat the reigning champions Man City in midweek. Pochettino said that Spurs will have to be competitive to make sure the Magpies don’t cause another upset, particularly given that they have had an additional day to recover after the midweek game.
Speaking as a part of the pre-match press conference, Pochettino told Football.London, “I think that (Newcastle’s result against City) is why the Premier League is the best , it’s the most competitive because of the schedules and the fixtures.
“We play Thursday in the Carabao Cup against Chelsea, Sunday at Palace, Watford played Saturday so we had one less day and now we will play a team that signed players in the window and had one day more.
“That reduces or put us more in the same level like what happened with City. If you arrive from space from another planet and arrive in England and go straight to Newcastle and watch the game, you really don’t see the difference because of the circumstances that can only happen in England.
“Sometimes you can see a side that won the Premier League last season and signed players and another one that is fighting for the relegation or is in a different position that there isn’t too much difference and they may happen tomorrow but we will make sure we will compete in our best.
“That’s why people appreciate a lot the Premier League, the Premier League is the most competitive and so difficult to win and achieve top four. It’s so competitive and is the most tough in the world.”
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