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Spurs boss Pochettino: ‘We’ll fight to the very end’

After derby victory, Spurs are four points behind Chelsea and set for difficult test against West Ham at the London Stadium

04 May, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Mauricio Pochettino: ‘We are still in the race for the title and this is what we are focusing on’

A DEFIANT Mauricio Pochettino has sent a message to his Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte, warning him that if the Blues slip up, Spurs will be ready to pounce.

With just four games to go in the Premier League, Tottenham are four points behind Chelsea and Pochettino is refusing to throw in the towel.

Speaking after the 2-0 victory over Arsenal on Sunday – in what was the last north London derby to be played at White Hart Lane – Pochettino said all that mattered now was taking the title race down to the wire.

The win over their arch rivals means that Spurs will finish above the Gunners for the first time in 22 years, but Pochettino still insisted that his charges would quickly put the result behind them and start preparing for their next game, an away tie at West Ham tomorrow (Friday).

“We are still in the race for the title and this is what we are focusing on,” said the Tottenham boss.

“We have a very important game against West Ham on Friday and the players are already focusing on that.”

Pochettino revealed he had given his players Monday off to spend time with their families before preparing a week of rigorous training drills.

He added: “There are four games to play and we’ll see what we can do. The season is not over.”

After second half goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane sealed the win over Arsenal, Pochettino did allow himself at least five minutes to acknowledge what the result means to the supporters.

“I do feel proud of my team,” he said. “The players gave their best and were fantastic.

“I feel very happy for the fans. It means a lot for all the people involved with Tottenham.”

The upbeat end to the season at White Hart Lane could not have been more contrasting to the atmosphere surrounding the Gunners’ camp.

Mesut Ozil cut a dejected figure as he went down the players’ tunnel at full time on Sunday, while manager Arsene Wenger was once again asked whether he would be in charge at the Emirates Stadium next season.

It was a question that prompted the post match press conference to come to an abrupt close, with Wenger’s future remaining a mystery.

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