Mauricio Pochettino has said he is not afraid of falling out of the top four after Tottenham’s advantage over their rivals was reduced on Wednesday night.
Spurs fell to a 2-0 defeat against Chelsea after losing 2-1 to Burnley at the weekend, ending their title hopes and dragging the Londoners back into a race for a top four finish.
If Pochettino’s men lose against Arsenal on Saturday, they will be just one point above the Gunners, while Manchester United and Chelsea will also have a chance to close the gap.
In his press conference after the Chelsea game, Pochettino was asked if he is worried about missing out on a place in the top four.
“I am not afraid. I have the same feeling as before. We need to enjoy playing football,” said the Argentinian (via ESPN).
“I think everyone before the season would sign up to have that position before the start of the season, to have the possibility to be five points the gap. The pressure is on them.
“If people are scared now about the top four, that is football. It’s a massive business for sure but we need to enjoy it, playing football. We need to keep going and try to be ready for the next game. But it’s not a drama, eh?”
The north London derby is arguably Tottenham’s toughest remaining home fixture, but they are yet to face Liverpool and Manchester City on the road.
With that in mind, beating Arsenal is an absolute must. The Gunners enjoyed a 5-1 victory over Bournemouth at the Emirates on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Pochettino gave a one-word answer when asked what was missing from his side’s performance at Stamford Bridge – watch here.