Mixed emotions for Mauricio Pochettino after Tottenham match Chelsea result
- Author: Leroy Wright May 02, 2017,
May 02, 2017, 17:43
The England global admitted that seeing Chelsea defeat Everton just hours before his team came up against Arsenal made the outcome of Sunday's derby even more pivotal.
Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen on Sunday said the pressure is all on English Premier League leaders Chelsea after his side kept their title hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Arsenal.
"Wembley will be our home for a season and then we shall return to what will be one of the best stadiums of its kind and the most unique in the world playing host to National Football League games too - a stadium that will be key to our future growth and success".
"We've got another game Friday night and it's good to play first". "Then, at one point, I was like "hang on a minute, they [Chelsea] are doing something right".
After the game, he said: "Well done to them, but when you start a championship, the target is not to finish above Spurs - it's to win the championship".
"To win against Arsenal in the last derby at White Hart Lane, it was emotional for everyone", said the 45-year-old Argentinian whose team faded in pursuit of Leicester in last season's title race.
"We can say we're more mature than last season". That favoured Spurs. We are not completely back to the level of confidence you need to play with freedom.
'It was a massive game in so many different ways. But of course, Arsenal let us down again. We knew because we were watching, but they were very focused.
"I think this year is more hard", he told London's Evening Standard.
The North London club will take inspiration from the derby, and a side which has already bested its highest ever points tally in the Premier League will continue to apply pressure at the top of the table, maintaining hope that Chelsea will drop crucial points.
Likewise, Tottenham's three-year-old training facility just off the M25 is just that little bit grander and little bit more state-of-the-art than Arsenals, three junctions further around the motorway.
Arsenal still have a game in hand on their closest Champions League rivals and were boosted when Manchester City and Manchester United were both held to draws by relegation candidates Middlesbrough and Swansea City respectively. "But we're thinking about trying to get that title and we'll see what happens". "I feel very proud", he told reporters.