Tottenham Hotspur have “bigger things“ in their sights than finishing above Arsenal this season as they step up their pursuit of Premier League leaders Chelsea, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.Tottenham last finished above Arsenal in 1995, but currently have a 14-point advantage over their north London rivals, albeit having played a game more than Arsene Wenger’s crumbling team.
Saturday’s home game against Bournemouth, however, presents an opportunity to trim Chelsea’s advantage to four points and that is the only thing on Pochettino’s mind. “I think we’re playing and fighting for bigger things,“ the Argentine told a press conference at Spurs’ training centre in Enfield, north London on Thursday . “If we look at the bigger picture, it’s to try to reduce the gap with Chelsea. I think today 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.“
Spurs eroded Chelsea’s lead last weekend when they crushed Watford 4-0 at White Hart Lane, only for Antonio Conte’s men to restore their seven-point advantage by winning 3-1 at Bournemouth. But with Chelsea facing a testing trip to Manchester United on Sunday , another Spurs home win will pile the pressure on once more.
Should Tottenham prevail on Saturday , they will have won seven successive games for the first time in the post-1992 Premier League era.
Meanwhile, Manchester City’s Champions League qualification chances look a little more solid after a productive week, but there will still be little margin for error when they travel to Southampton on Saturday .
THK: Times of India