Our chance to feel like Leicester: Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino is currently manager of Tottenham

A smile broke on Mauricio Pochettino’s face when he was asked about how his team would react to support from other clubs ahead of Tottenham’s clash against Chelsea on Sunday. “Maybe we will feel how Leicester felt last year,” he said, referring to how all the neutrals climbed onto the Foxes’ bandwagon in their title-winning season.

“It was all the teams with them and against us. Maybe Chelsea will feel the same as us last season,” he said. Tottenham were in contention to win the league till the last few games, but suffered a late collapse. With Chelsea currently 10 points ahead of Tottenham, who sit fourth in the EPL, Pochettino knows that failure to win could result in a very early end to their title bid this term.

The Argentine, though, knows that he is up against a well-oiled machine and it would take something special to halt Chelsea’s 13-match winning streak. “Chelsea arrive in a very good shape, we too, and it will be a very tough game but a great opportunity for us to try and stop them and reduce the gap,” he said. “I think it is important for the Premier League and for us that we try and win. Then our challenge is to be in the top four.”

Saying that his team have enough punch to topple Antonio Conte’s wards, Pochettino spoke about his delight at the team’s recent performance against Watford that saw them momentarily climb to third spot ahead of Arsenal’s match against Crystal Palace. Harry Kane and Dele Alli both struck a brace in what the manager describes as a “near perfect game”. But, the perfectionist was still not completely satisfied after the 4-1 result. “The shame was that we conceded a goal in the last minute, but there were a lot of positives too. Now, we have two or three days to try and prepare in the best way for Chelsea.”


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