Chelsea v Spurs - Mauricio's preview
Sat 31 March 2018, 11:49|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino isn’t putting any additional pressure on Sunday’s game at Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification.
The fifth-placed Blues are five points behind us going into the match, meaning a long-overdue victory for us at Stamford Bridge would strengthen our grip on a spot in the top four and leave our London rivals with a mountain to climb in their bid to return to European football’s top table.
However, Mauricio believes every single one of our eight remaining Premier League games is as important as the next and doesn’t see this weekend’s clash as the be-all-and-end-all in our pursuit of a third consecutive season in the Champions League.
“It’s a long way until the end,” said the manager. “Of course it’s a massive game but it’s not a decisive game. It’s not a final. We need to be consistent until the end of the season to try to be in the top four – that is the aim.
“It’s a massive objective for everyone at the club and we are going to fight to try to finish in a very good position in the table.
“Game-by-game is most important. We need to take every game like a decisive game for us, an important one. Until the end, every game and every point will be decisive – that is why it’s an important game (on Sunday) – but I think consistency is most important until the end of the season.
“We have a semi-final against Manchester United too in the FA Cup – all the games will be so important.”
Every year when we go to Stamford Bridge, thoughts turn to our unwanted record of having failed to win there since 1990. However, Mauricio says that doesn’t affect his or the players’ mentality.
“Only when the moment arrives the media reminds me about that, but it’s not in our minds,” he said. “It’s a game that we are going to try to win, thinking we can do well and perform in the way that we want, but not thinking about the record. It’s not going to help us.
“The team is okay, is in good form. Of course, Chelsea is a great team with a lot of good players, it will be a competitive game but we are going with the idea to win.”
Asked if he expects another passionate derby clash with the Blues, as has been the case in recent years, the boss added: “To be honest every game is about emotion, is about passion and if you want to win because every game is competitive. Of course, it’s another London derby and it will be so competitive.”