Mauricio Pochettino has hit back at Antonio Conte’s attempt at mind games insisting: Chelsea will be gutted if they blow the title from here.
The Spurs boss, who welcomes back Harry Kane from injury for tomorrow’s game against Watford, was taunted by Conte earlier this week.
The Italian, whose Blues team remain seven points clear at the top, suggested a title win would be a bonus for Spurs while for Chelsea it is expected.
Pochettino hit back: “When you’re seven points above the second team in the table, it’s normal in the end to win the league. Now it’s up to them to win the league.
“We’re in a position where we need to do our job – winning games, putting pressure [on Chelsea]. If they don’t win the Premier League, it will be tough for them to accept.
“We’re in a different project, a different club. Our history at Tottenham is massive – it’s bigger than many, many clubs in England.
“We need to rebuild that history and rebuild that winning mentality. But the mentality here from when we arrived has improved every season, every single day.
“I really don’t believe in the mind games. Our mind game is to try to provide the team with the belief we showed against Swansea – the character – and then you can win or lose.
“How can you affect another team or another manager with mind games?”
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Antonio Conte speaks ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Bournemouth
As revealed by Mirror Football last month, Kane is back ahead of schedule after damaging ankle ligaments in Tottenham’s quarter-final win over Millwall on March 12.
Fears had grown that the England striker, scorer of 24 goals in all competitions this season, could miss a significant part of the run-in along with the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea later this month.
But Pochettino is now deciding whether his star striker starts of makes his return from the bench tomorrow.
He said: “He has had a few sessions before today and was involved with the team. We will see tomorrow if I decide that he can start the game or be on the bench. It is good news, is he feels ready, good and fully recovered.
“It is very good news for him and us. He is an important player for us so its great that he can be available again to help the team.”